Watkin Jones invests more than £100k in local community groups

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Local construction firm Watkin Jones is celebrating investing more than £100k in local community groups thanks to their Community Fund scheme.

Set up in 2008, the Watkin Jones Community Fund awards grants of up to £1,000 to support a wide range of projects with a particular emphasis on enhancing the physical environment and improving quality of life for local people. Applications are welcomed from community based groups and not for profit organisations.

The latest successful applicants include six projects based in North Wales and another in Bristol.

A grant of £500 awarded to The Bristol Urban Academy will be used to purchase educational books, enabling disadvantaged young people to start their education. Set up by the children’s charity, Kids Company, the academy opened in November 2014 to provide education to young people aged between 15 and 25 who have been unable to function in traditional educational environments due to the trauma and challenges they have faced.

Funds awarded to Cae Chwarae Rhosgadfan will be used towards providing a new playground for the local community. The playground will be located on the site of the old Village Hall which was unfortunately burnt down in 2004 after an arson attack.

Meanwhile, Bryn Du Allotment Association received funds towards constructing a shed for members to store their tools safely.

Receiving the grant on behalf of Bryn Du Allotment Association, Philip Bayman, said: “This whole project has only been made possible from kind donations and grants. This is a long term project and engages with all members of our community, young and old, in a healthy and rewarding pastime. We are particularly delighted when large organisations such as Watkin Jones engage with us to assist in the maintenance and well-being of our communities at a local level.”

Presenting cheques to the successful projects, Watkin Jones Communications Manager, Kerry Williams, said: “As our construction sites are located at the centre of communities we take our corporate social responsibilities very seriously. We aim to play a real part in local life and build strong links with community groups. Through this initiative, it is great to be able to support the excellent work carried out by local organisations. We are extremely proud to have reached this £100k milestone and be in a position to help make a lasting difference to the local communities in which we work”.

Should you wish to apply to the Watkin Jones Community Fund, application packs are available to download from www.watkinjones.com/about-us/community-engagement