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Community News 2021

The Barratt Beach Clean 

Barratt David Wilson Homes wish to extend a huge Thank You to every one who took part in our Hayling Island beach clean event on 22nd August 2021. With 30 participants there was a great turn out of local residents and Barratt David Wilson employees, collecting a staggering 35kg of rubbish in two hours. Collected items included fishing hooks, nappies, tyres and even kitchen doors!

In addition to the volunteers' efforts, £1,000 was donated to the Final Straw Foundation, a charity working with business and communities to improve ocean health through projects such as beach cleans, educational outreach, eco-clubs and composting programmes. 

 

500K Challenge raises £119,000 for The Prince’s Trust

Over the last three weeks Barratt David Wilson Homes colleagues have walked, run, cycled, rowed and hiked to raise money for The Prince’s Trust in the 500K Challenge.

All divisions were challenged to cover 500,000 metres and raise at least £1,000 to help support young people. The Kent division have been crowned winners of both the fundraising and distance leaderboards and will now receive £15,000 in Group funding to help support their chosen charities.

West Scotland and East Scotland divisions finished in 2nd and 3rd place and will receive £10,000 and £5,000 funding respectively to support charities of their choice.

With more than 5,000 activities submitted, colleagues covered a total 41,712,000m (more than the circumference of the Earth!) and raised around £119,000 for The Prince’s Trust, an incredible amount that will make such a big difference to so many young lives.

 


Proud to be a Macmillan sponsor

The new Barratt Foundation is sponsoring a Macmillan nurse for the next three years following a recent donation of £180,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support, helping to ensure more people have access to support during cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Macmillan rely on the generosity of individuals and organisations for 98% of their funds. Presently, donations are more important than ever; during 2020 alone 650,000 people with cancer in the UK (22%) experienced disruption to their treatment or care because of the pandemic. 

Over the next three years Barratt David Wilson Homes will work closely with Macmillan to provide workplace training, guidance and resources across the business, to help support employees affected by cancer.

If you would like to talk to someone the Macmillan Support Line number is 0808 808 00 00, 8am – 8pm, available 7 days a week or you can visit https://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancer-information-and-support to access their support guide.


93 employees win 2021 Pride in the Job Quality Awards

NHBC’s Pride in the Job Quality Awards recognise site managers who achieve the highest standards in housebuilding across the UK.

NHBC registered sites employ more than 11,000 Site Managers across the UK. A total 450 awards were given in 2021, with Barratt David Wilson Homes Site Managers winning 93 of these awards.

Steven Boyes, BDW Chief Operating Officer, said: “We’re proud to have received even more awards than last year, and more than any other housebuilder for an incredible seventeen consecutive years, demonstrating our commitment to leading the future of housebuilding by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

Winning a Pride in the Job Award is not only a fantastic achievement for our site managers, but also for their teams. With site teams, subcontractors and suppliers working together to achieve high standards, Leading Construction continues to be a key component of our Vision, Priorities and Principles. I know everyone around the business will join me in congratulating each and every one of our winning site managers”.


 
76th VE Day commemmorated with 300 ‘Tommy’ figures

Barratt David Wilson Homes has become the first corporate patron of The Tommy Club. As a strong supporter of the country’s armed forces, attracting over 100 veterans into the business through its Armed Forces Transition Programme, Barratt Developments has purchased 300 “Tommy” figures for display in the gardens of its show homes across the country in addition to donated £100,000 to the Tommy Club.

Launched in 2020, the Tommy Club raises money for the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) charity, which has been providing jobs, homes, and mental health support for ex services personnel throughout the worst of the current pandemic.

The term Tommy was coined during WWI when German soldiers would call out to ‘Tommy’ across No Man’s Land if they wanted to speak to a British soldier.  The Tommy figure, with head bowed, has become a universal symbol of gratitude and commemoration to all those who have served in the armed forces.

Each garden Tommy is put together by veterans working for the RBLI’s unique social enterprise “Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company”, which creates more jobs for ex-armed forces personnel and raises crucial funds for the charity.

 


David Wilson brings Nature to Your Doorstep

Barratt David Wilson Homes has been working in partnership with the RSPB since 2014. Their latest joint project, Nature on Your Doorstep, offers advice and inspiration for people to turn their outdoor spaces (including gardens, balconies and community green spaces) into wildlife havens.

The project follows a marked increase in people seeking to rediscover local nature and make their gardens more wildlife friendly during the pandemic, as evidenced by the 1.7 million requests for advice from the RSPB received in 2020 and a record breaking one million participants in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

Nature on Your Doorstep will give people access to how-to gardening guides, step-by-step videos by RSPB wildlife gardening expert Adrian Thomas, seasonal gardening advice, a monthly newsletter and an online community dedicated to bringing people together to ask questions, seek advice, and share experience.

The project will evolve to host customisable content and conduct research into what drives or prevents people from creating wildlife friendly outside spaces, both privately and at a community shared-spaces level.

To turn your patch into paradise for you and your wildlife, please go to: rspb.org.uk/yourdoorstep.

 


Fundraising matched for The Oddballs Foundation

Six friends, including Barratt David Wilson Homes employee Haydn Bula, walked 574 miles around the Portsmouth area over the course of a month to raise funds The Oddballs Foundation, a charity which raises awareness of testicular cancer and how early detection can make it treatable and even curable.

After far exceeding the original 500 mile target, 28-year-old Haydn told his colleagues at Barratt David Wilson Homes about his achievement, and the company agreed to match the amount to bring the grand total raised for The Oddballs Foundation to £2,118.

Haydn, a sales adviser at the New Quarter development in Bordon, said: ‘The Oddballs Foundation is making a difference to male health around the world, and this support will be of huge benefit. I’m so grateful to Barratt Homes for matching our final donation amount.

Tammy Bishop, Sales Director at the Southampton Division, said: ‘When we heard that Haydn and his friends were embarking on this trek for charity, we had to help out... Barratt Homes is committed to supporting charities in the region, and to find out that one of our employees was doing the same, is great to hear – massive congratulations to them all.’

 


 

#ChooseToChallenge: a diverse workforce for a successful business

Monday 8 March marked International Women’s Day 2021, which this year comes with the theme #ChooseToChallenge, encouraging women to call out gender bias and inequality.

The number of female construction workers has increased steadily over the past 12 years, but the proportion of women in property and construction industries remains low and research by the union for construction workers (GMB) suggests that, at the current rate, women won’t equal men until 2194.

Female employees occupy numerous roles across Barratt David Wilson Homes, though a majority male workforce is still reflected with 69% men to 31% women. This is well-placed among other major UK developers, however, including Taylor Wimpey (31%), Bellway (29%), and Persimmon (25%).

As an equal opportunities’ employer, the company ensures there are roles for everyone regardless of gender, race or background and works hard to encourage more women to consider careers in construction.

With 20 years of experience in the property industry Krystina Haimes, sales manager at BDW Southampton, reports having always felt supported in her role, saying: “Some may be put off as they think there are long hours and lots of travelling involved. I have a family and I can honestly say this job is so rewarding, with plenty of flexibility when I need it.”

24-year-old marketing executive Lydia Perrin commented positively on the way colleges are encouraging women into the industry, saying: “Where there are more men in a particular role, like in construction, there are more females entering that arena because colleges are doing more to encourage women into those roles... They want to see women represented, so they do all they can to make those roles attractive.”

BDW Southampton’s development director, Julian Jones, who has 25 years’ experience in the property industry, says “When I first started out in the industry, women appeared to be restricted to admin roles, sales or finance,” he said. “That is changing throughout the business both locally and nationally and females are now holding key roles in areas like site mangers and commercial staff, that previously would have been considered a male domain... From a personal perspective I have always sought to have a mixed department whether it was in technical or the land/planning function. Women and men approach roles very differently and having female staff can actually be a USP – certainly in my role as they can offer that different outlook and give you an edge over the competition.”

 


 

David Wilson Homes assists local charity to tackle loneliness

The charity FitzRoy, which supports people with learning disabilities and autism, has received vital support from Barratt and David Wilson Homes during the pandemic. While we’ve all felt the missing charities such as FitzRoy have been tackling the impact of loneliness on more vulnerable individuals.

FitzRoy’s Love4Life project, with bases in Fareham and Basingstoke, helps its members build friendships and relationships in a safe and supportive environment by offering a range of social, sporting and educational activities as well as chaperoned dates and relationship advice.

When lockdown restrictions prevented Love4Life activities from taking place in person, Barratt Developments donated £1,000 to FitzRoy, which assisted them in adapting their services to be delivered online so that members could remain connected throughout the pandemic.

Tammy Bishop, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ Southampton division, said: “The fact that FitzRoy offer a Love4Life project that helps connect people didn’t only strike a chord with us given the current situation, but we also thought it was a great fit for the month of February.”

Hayley Ostler, Love4Life Coordinator, said: “Love4Life is vital, not just for making friends and widening social circles, but also for people’s mental health. Isolation and loneliness have become even more acute for those living with learning disabilities during the pandemic. We thank Barratt and David Wilson Homes for their generous support as we do our best to reach more people who are currently living a life of lockdown.”


Southampton care home receives £1,000 boost after year of isolation

Barratt David Wilson Homes has given its support to The Abbeyfield Society with a £1,000 donation from its Community Fund Scheme, which donates £1,000 per month to regional causes.

The Abbeyfield Society provides high-quality living accommodation, supported housing and care at home within the UK and internationally. Throughout the pandemic the charity’s care homes have been particularly impacted, both financially and emotionally, with residents experiencing separation from families at great detriment to their mental wellbeing. Care workers have had to find creative ways to help residents stay connected whilst also staying safe, such as outdoor and screened visits, and visiting ‘hubs’ where residents can talk to their loved ones safely.

Speedwell Court in Southampton is one such purpose-built Abbeyfield care home providing residential and dementia-friendly care services to its residents. Staff have been maximizing the use of their gardens, ensuring that residents are able to enjoy the fresh air outdoors.

Deborah Holmes, Customer Relations Manager at Speedwell Court, said: “We’ve wanted to purchase garden equipment to kit out our new greenhouse and a rotavator that will be used to make an allotment space for our residents. Gardening, and being outside, is widely recognised as a brilliant way to maintain good mental and physical health... We are very grateful to Barratt and David Wilson Homes for this incredible support, and look forward to seeing our residents enjoying their new equipment.”

Tammy Bishop, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ Southampton Division, said: “It has taken a lot of extra effort for care homes like Speedwell Court to keep their residents safe and occupied during the pandemic, and with restrictions on visits, the isolation must have been extremely difficult for some... It is wonderful that charities like Abbeyfield have gone above and beyond to ensure they can still offer a caring and supportive environment in such a challenging time, and they truly deserve our support.”


 
£2,000 Lifeline to Hampshire Charities during UK lockdown

Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes donated £ 1,000 each to the Good Neighbors Network and Unity in Test Valley as part of their Community Fund Scheme, which provides ongoing support to local causes that improve the quality of life for people living in the region.

The Good Neighbors Network supports 120 independent volunteer groups in Hampshire. Each group offers daily acts of kindness to their local community, such as transportation, shopping and prescription delivery, all of which were vital during the ongoing pandemic. Good Neighbors volunteers successfully delivered more than 44,000 acts of kindness to individuals throughout lockdown.

Karen Jordan, Good Neighbor Network team leader, said: “Most Good Neighbor groups are very dependent on donations and the generous support of their volunteers. During the pandemic, groups saw a drop in funding and also a drop in the number of volunteers due to protection needs. This generous donation means that each group can continue to provide the much needed support directly to the people who need it most.”

Unity oversees the work of various charities and groups in the Test Valley area. The organisation recruited more than 5,000 volunteers and coordinated 70 groups across the region in December 2020 to provide assistance during the ongoing pandemic.

Unity’s Chief Executive Terry Bishop said: “Unity reacted quickly to the Covid pandemic by developing a helpline for people who were isolating or protecting, as well as a callback service for people struggling with their mental health… It means a lot that Barratt and David Wilson Homes recognized the work that organizations like ours are doing, and we are very grateful to have been one of the lucky recipients of the Community Fund. We will be using the fund to keep this helpline open and offer help to those in desperate need. “

Tammy Bishop, Sales Director for Barratt Developments’ Southampton division, said of the donation: “Both Good Neighbors Network and Unity did everything they could to help people across the region during 2020, and I am very grateful that we can give them this well-deserved boost.”

 


Tablets and stationery donated to Chichester school in need of lockdown support

Barratt David Wilson Homes has offered support to schools and parents to help with distance learning over lockdown, providing tablets, paper, pens, pencils and other stationery to several local schools.

March C of E School in Chichester received 10 boxes of A4 paper and two Amazon Fire tablets, a package worth around £250.

Rachel Bryan, March C of E School Business Manager, said of the support: “Homeschooling is currently a challenge for families across the country, and without access to a suitable device, this challenge is exemplified tenfold. These items will make a real difference to us at such a critical time and I therefore just wanted to put on record our thanks for the support and generosity during these challenging times for schools. We can’t thank Anthony and the team at Barratt Homes enough for their support.”

Anthony Dimmick is thrilled that the housebuilder has been able to assist, saying “We are committed to help the communities we develop in, and in such a challenging time, our support is needed more than ever. In a time where the pressure on schools and parents is at an all time high, we are very happy to help where we can.”

Barratt David Wilson Homes works very closely with a number of community projects and schools in the areas in which they build, so that they can provide support, both physically and financially – something that is invaluable particularly under such circumstances as the current covid crisis.


Hampshire charity The Tantrum Trust receives £1,000 cash donation

The Tantum Trust, based in Bordon, provides financial support to individuals, families and community groups across Hampshire, West Sussex and Surrey. Starting in a waiting room of a local charity with no paid staff, the Charity raised £12,000 in its first three years. Since then, it has granted £1.25 million to those in need.

The charity has struggled financially during covid pandemic as the UK lockdown brought long closures to four of its charity shops, rendering them unable to bring in much needed funding.

Upon hearing of The Tantrum Trust’s predicament, Barratt David Wilson Homes has stepped up with a £1,000 donation to help the charity continue its vital work.

Sue Nicholson, Charity Manager of The Tatum Trust, has said “We rely heavily on the public donating items and spending in our shops, but the Covid crisis has made it impossible for us to open consistently, leaving us unable to raise vital funds. With Barratt Homes’ help we can continue to offer support to members of our communities that really need it, including those who have struggled because of the pandemic itself.”

Tammy Bishop, Sales Director at Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ Southampton division, added “In such a challenging year for all of us, our local communities have become all the more important. It is wonderful that all the funds raised by The Tatum Trust are fed back into the local area, and I am so grateful that we can give them this well-deserved boost.”


Community News 2019

 
Homebuyer support for NHS workers and Armed Forces

Barratt Homes introduced the NHS Deposit Contribution Scheme in May 2020 in honour of the 1.5 million NHS staff working tirelessly to protect the UK during this year's unprescidented coronavirus pandemic. The similar Armed Forces Incentive was introduced shortly after following 100 years since VE day. 

The schemes offer a 5% deposit up to the value of £15,000 towards new build Barratt homes for NHS staff and Armed Forces personel in the South of England, including Hamphire, Dorset and Isle of Wight. 83 NHS workers have so far benefitted from the scheme, saving a combined total of £1,028,914 on their house purchases. A further combined total of £77,081 has been saved by Armed Forces personel.

Originally intended for 2020 only, Barratt Homes have extended both schemes until June 2021 in order to show appreciation for the invaluable work of the NHS and Armed Forces, particularly during the past year.


Charity hike raises £5,800 for Poiters Care

Teams Alpha and Beta of the Commercial Department at Barratt Homes Southampton raised £5,800 for local charity Poiters Care, almost doubling their target of £3,000, with their 17 mile hike around the New Forest.

Staffed by volunteers, Poiters Care deliver food to people in and around Southampton who would otherwise go hungry. The charity delivers around 75 parcels every week, which are delivered indescriminately and in confidence with sensitivty and dignity.


Surpise garden makeover for coronavirus survivor

Greg Wain, a former nurse and resident of one of Barratts' "Compass Point" homes, has received a surprise garden makeover from the developer whilst recovering in hospital from the Covid-19 virus.

Tammy Bishop, sales director at Barratt Homes’ Southampton division, commented: “The pandemic has been a devastating time for so many families, so when we heard that one of our own residents had fallen ill we knew we had to help in whatever way we could. Our commitment to the happiness of our residents goes further than just the buying process and it is a pleasure to see the result of the makeover and how happy it has made Mr Wain."

Barratt Homes has also contributed 5,000 FFP3 face masks, 400 defibrilators and £100,000 to local and national NHS and ambulance services accross the UK, as well as £50,000 to The Sun's ‘Who Cares Wins Appeal’, throughout 2020.


£45 million boost for Southampton region (2019-2020)

Five star housebuilder Barratt Developments has built 720 new homes in the Southampton region in the last 12 months, and brought more than £45 million to local communities, highlighting the benefits of building new homes for the local economy.

The company spent £26 million on physical works in the community to improve highways, local outdoor spaces and community facilities. A further £11.6 million came from a boost to local spending and £6.9 million has been contributed to organisations local to each of the developments in the region, including local authorities, schools, community groups and charities.

A well as financial investment, the housebuilding supply chain has supported 620 supplier and sub-contractor companies, supporting 1,631 jobs and 22 places for graduates, apprentices and trainees.

The company holds sustainability high in its priorities too, diverting 96% of construction waste from landfill thanks to responsible management. Also, 42,800 trees and shrubs have been planted or maintained on housing developments.

Barratt Southampton managing director Jon Green said: “We strongly believe that we are not only building houses with our developments, but sustainable communities. The local areas we work in benefit from jobs, community development and supporting local business as well as providing new homes. It’s so important to us to leave a lasting legacy in and around these new neighbourhoods, and I’m very proud of the positive impact we have, both during construction and for years to come.”

The socio-economic footprint report (Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners 2019) highlights several other key figures and benefits generated through the building of Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes:

  • 90 per cent of components used were manufactured in the UK
  • £26.5 million of tax has been paid by Barratt Developments, including corporation, NI, PAYE, SDLT and local council tax
  • 13.4 hectares of green space has been created through public open space and private gardens
  • 54 per cent of developments use above ground landscape-led Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems
  • 18 per cent of new homes were classed as affordable housing

Pride in the Job Awards 2020

Barratt Homes are proud to have won 92 NHBC 2020 Pride in the Job Quality Awards this year.

The awards recognise site managers who achieve the highest standards in housebuilding across the UK. This is a fantastic achievement, particularly considering that the winners are selected from more than 11,000 site managers working on sites registered with the NHBC, with just 450 individual winners recognised.

Site Managers Gary Bickell, Phil Cripps and Matt Annalls received three of the awards on behalf of the Southampton Division.

 
 
 
Barratt Homes Community Fund awarded to Furniture Helpline

Furniture Helpline, a community reuse charity helping people on low incomes, has been selected to receive a £1,000 grant from the Barratt Homes Community Fund.

The charity, based in Bordon, collects good quality, donated furniture from local residents and offers it, free of charge or at low prices, to local people in need. Furniture Helpline also runs a food recycling hub for the local area, as well as a Repair Café and ‘Men’s Shed’ that offers support for the isolated.

David George, Furniture Helpline’s general manager said: “It was such great news to hear that we had been chosen as one of the recipients for the Barratt Homes Community Fund. This generous donation will be used to upgrade our website. Many of our clients suffer from learning disabilities and we want to make changes that mean our site is much easier for everyone to navigate. Also, as our range of social and environmental services grow, it is more important than ever that we have a website that clearly displays the different services we have on offer. We are extremely grateful for Barratt Homes’ support.”

Jon Green, Barratt Homes’ managing director said: “It’s great to hear about the amazing work that Furniture Helpline does for the local area. Not only are they helping families in need, but they are also minimizing our effect on the environment.”

Organisations can apply for one of the monthly grants by emailing   charity.southampton@barratthomes.co.uk with details of your charity or organisation and how the donation would benefit the local community and improve lives.


Site Visit for Dorset Primary school 

Excited youngsters from Bearwood Primary & Nursery School in Dorset got an insight into the construction industry when they went behind the scenes at Barratt Homes’ Canford Paddock development to find out just what it takes to build new homes.

The pupils were shown around the new development and were treated to a ‘digger display’ where they could view the site’s machinery in action.

Judith Ramsay, early years teacher at Bearwood, accompanied the children to the site and said it was a valuable learning experience, adding "This was a great way to bring housebuilding to life for our pupils. They had the opportunity to see houses at different stages of development and were all very excited to be able to watch the machinery in operation. It’s these kinds of memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. A massive thank you to Barratt Homes for letting us visit, it was a very positive and rewarding experience for us all.”

Barratt Homes also donated hi-vis bags to the visiting pupils, which can be used to ensure they stay safe during school trips or while walking to and from school in the dark winter months.


January 2020 - Barratt Homes accredited as a Living Wage Employer

We are delighted to announce that we are now an accredited Living Wage Employer, making us one of the first major housebuilders to receive the accreditation. This means that every employee across the Group will earn a real Living Wage.

The real Living Wage is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay based upon the actual cost of living, which is higher than the minimum wage set by the government. It is calculated annually and announced by the Living Wage Foundation during Living Wage Week; it is currently set at £9.30 in the UK, or £10.75 for London.

One of our key business priorities is Investing in our People which is why we’ve been voluntarily paying the Living Wage to all of our employees for the past couple of years. Receiving the accreditation demonstrates our commitment to rolling this out more widely to all of our suppliers and subcontractors. Posters will be shared on site and in our offices, encouraging employees to contact our confidential Safecall hotline if they’re not being paid the Living Wage.


A big year of charity work from all in the Division in 2019

Barratt David Wilson Homes are proud to have donated a total of £161,761.44 to local causes:

  • Kids Out = £92,095.90
  • Wessex Cancer Trust  = £35,159.54
  • Cancer Research = £12,000
  • Mind & BHF = £6,740
  • Whizz Kids = £3,766
  • Berewood Primary School = £1,000
  • Saints Foundation = £1,000
  • Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance = £1,000
  • Revive Newport = £1,000
  • Whippingham Village Hall = £1,000
  • Sholing Youth FC = £1,000
  • Canine Partners = £1,000
  • Ickle Pickles = £1,000
  • The March C of E Primary School = £1,000
  • RNLI = £1,000
  • Furniture Helpline = £1,000
  • Aldingbourne Primary School = £1,000

In addition:

  • Individual Charitable Giving from Barratt employees totalled £10,153.84, with a further £8,000 in Matched Funding from the business.
  • Divisional Charitable Giving totalled £97,367.60, with a further £27,500 in Matched Funding.
  • The Barratt David Wilson Community Fund also received a £12,000 boost and a large selection of show home furniture was gifted to the Wessex Cancer Trust.
  • The annual Big Barratt Hike raised £3,370, which was matched in kind by an additional £3,370.

This brings the Barratt David Wilson total annual donation for 2019 to an impressive £323,522.88.

"Dear Antony"

A selection of your feedback letters regarding our Community Involvement

Kate Gunstone, Reception Teacher and PE Leader, Bearwood Primary and Nursery School

"Just a quick note to say thank you for allowing us to create a magical easter. We had 220 children searching for eggs on the field this morning and there was an amazing atmosphere! The winning house happened to be mine and were thrilled with their eggs!

The colouring competition was a huge success too - I have attached the winning entries for you here!

Have an egg-cellent Easter!"

Rachel Bryan, School Business Manager, The March Church of England Primary School

"We had a wonderful display of hats today!  Nearly every child took part and they all paraded around the playground for the whole school to admire and applaud.  It’s such a shame that you couldn’t be with us for something like this!

 Attached is a photo of the winners – two from each class, all holding their Amazon vouchers kindly donated by Barratts.  We used the Asda voucher to buy a cream egg for every child in school so that no one went home empty handed today!."


Kate Gunstone, Pupil Premium Leader, Bearwood Primary C of E School

"I wanted to email to extend my massive thanks for your generosity in supplying all the things we need for an amazing new loose parts area in our early years base. I showed the children the resources this morning and they were really excited. I can’t wait to get the unit build and the resources into use.

I am so grateful for the support Barratt give us as a school and our continued relationship"

Rachel Bryan, School Business Manager, The March Church of England Primary School

"I am writing to thank you for all you have done for us as a school over the last academic year.  The support has been incredible and without Barratt Homes we would not be in such a positive position now.

The support has ranged from helping practically to create our peace garden, to high-vis jackets and bags to keep our children safe. From sourcing sheds (replacing our old leaking ones that were damaging equipment) to helping us secure our site following storm damage (we lost an entire boundary fence, which was replaced within hours by temporary fencing, and then permanently replaced in a matter of days).  In addition, there has been help with the supply of tea and coffee for our community events, vouchers to incentivise children, and culminating in the loan of an apprentice, John, who was on site with us last week working in our Peace Garden area.  John was an incredibly hard worker and an absolute pleasure to have with us for the day!

None of this would have happened without the hard work and unswerving support of your Community Liaison Manager, Mr Anthony Dimmick.  Anthony has worked with us from the outset when your site started developing.  He has been amazing at arranging all the things mentioned above and so much more.  In fact, it’s really not just the practical support (as much as that is greatly appreciated), but much more about the sense that someone is working with you and supporting your school community, as the neighbourhood develops and takes shape around us.  Anthony has been in to see us many times and takes time to understand the pressures we are under, and how Barratts can work with us to ensure a very positive working relationship for both sides.  Having a dedicated single point of contact has made a real difference and it’s so good to know that a large housing developer such as yourselves invests in neighbourhood and community relationships in this way.

With very many thanks for the team at the March School."

Kate Gunstone, Pupil Premium Leader, Bearwood Primary and Nursery School

"I just wanted to email to say thank you for another brilliant year of support. I am so grateful for the way you have helped us over the year. You organising pizzas, photos and ice creams for our leaving year 6 children made a very special day for them. I love the way we have established a relationship with Barratt over the last few years. 

I hope you have a lovely summer and look forward to working out what’s next for Bearwood and Barratt." 

Alan Mak, Member of Parliament for Havant

"I am writing to thank you for taking part in the Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair 2020. Given the tough wider context and the COVID-19 backdrop, the event was success and that would not have been possible without the support and advice offered by exhibitors such as yourself. Thank you for coming to take part despite the tough backdrop.

We had around 500 visitors, many of whom had very positive comments which reflected on you as exhibitors. With plans to repeat the fair in future years, if you have any further feedback that you wish to share with me, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Nominations for this years Havant Small Business and Community Awards are now open. Please visit my website to access the nomination form, where you can vote for your favourite small local businesses in 12 different categories. www.alanmak.org.uk/SBA

I look forward to seeing you at the Havant Jobs, Apprenticeships and Careers Fair 2021. We will be in touch later in the year."

Wendy, Bearwood Primary School, Poole

"The visit on Monday was fantastic! The parents that accompanied us were very impressed by it all and all said how you guys made such an effort. The children have been buzzing about all that they saw and have been  drawing pictures and writing about the diggers. It really was a lovely trip so thanks again to all involved!"

David Gleave, Economic Development Officer, Test Valley Borough Council 

 "I am more than happy to provide a testimonial acknowledging the great work that you personally and Barratt Homes/David Wilson Homes does in terms of engaging with local people, supporting local schools, supporting local contractors and generally being a shining example of the delivery of employment and skills plans under the CITB National Skills Academy.

In fact it was your Ganger Farm scheme in Romsey which I used to apply, on behalf of Test Valley Borough Council, to become a NSA under the CITB framework. Only yesterday I advised our TVBC Planners that your employment and skills plan was the model that another very large national housebuilder should be using!

I know from personal experience working with you over years how conscientious you are in ensuring young people  - and especially those with greater needs – get a fair chance at work experience which so often leads to permanent employment and massive positive changes for the individual.

In praising you D I am also praising your manager as well as your employer because without their support and recognition of the value of what you are delivering these achievements could not happen."

Kate Gunstone, Pupil Premium Leader, Bearwood Primary and Nursery School

"Just wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas and send massive thanks for all you and Barratt have done for Bearwood Primary and Nursery School. We have thoroughly enjoyed our joint projects this year, particularly the building site visit with the Early Years base. It was so effective in engaging our parent community and we can’t wait to revisit and see the developments in the new year. 

I feel the last couple of years of partnership working have really established a brilliant working relationship and look forward to planning our next projects for 2020.

Have a lovely break and look forward to catching up early in the new year."

Steve Gilder, Manager, Future Skills Centre

"I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank you, Barratt Homes and specifically the site team at the New Quarter development and Harry Poulter, for your continued collective support with regards to work experience. It provides a unique opportunity for full time FSC students to work alongside a C&J apprentice on an actual construction site.

I’d also like to thank you for always being someone that I can rely on with additional support during FSC activities such as Open Events and student engagement.

I hope to continue working alongside you in 2020.

Have a great Christmas and Happy New Year."

Mrs Nicky Metcalfe

"We would just like to take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and thank you for all you and Barratt/Wilson homes have done for the March CE Primary this year.

As you know this part of Chichester is going through huge developments at the moment and therefore close working relationships with developers such as yourselves has been crucial to our school and the local community. The rapport and the ease of accessibility has made such a difference and it has been good to have a name and a face to be able to speak to when needed.

In a world when everything is driven by commercial success it is heartening to know that the big development companies such as yourselves still maintain the personal touch to local communities and schools. Thank you."

 

Ian Dixon, Lecturer/Assessor Construction and the Built Environment, Eastleigh College

"Firstly the team here at Eastleigh College would like to extend best wishes for the Christmas and New Year and would like to thank Barratt Homes for your continued support of apprenticeships with us, also to thank you personally for managing the students so well and keeping them on track. It was particularly gratifying the Harrison Godfroy could pick up an apprenticeship role when Issy chose to return to your sales team. As Harrison was already on programme as a full time learner with us this switch has worked really well albeit almost at the end of Winter Term, I gather he is being mentored in the ways of quantity surveying by Will Paddington. Will completed his Level 3 NVQ in the first week of returning in year two, which I think is the fastest completion I have seen, the quality of his folder was also exemplary, which bodes well for Harrison.

Your continued organisation of the Study Days on the last Wednesday of each month at Head Office in Hedge End is also a great opportunity for the teaching and assessing teams here at Eastleigh to see the apprentices and talk to the management and mentoring teams at Barratts. Our new assessor Bill Witchard is enjoying working with your apprentice group and will no doubt be seeing you on the last Wednesday of January.

Thank you again for all the efforts you put in to communication, liaison and student management and here's to a successful 2020!"

RE: "Barratts team up with Borderlands to fix up school fence"
Rachel Bryan, School Bursar, The March Church of England Primary School

"Thank you Mark, and all at borderland fencing!

I can’t tell you how much this is appreciated!  With school budgets as they are, with constant competing demands on resources, having help and support for issues like this is a real life-saver!

Thank you so much – and please do get in touch if you’d like a photo shoot or similar on the back of this."

Rachel & Nicky

"Good morning Anthony,

Just a little email to say a massive THANK YOU for sorting out our fence. 

It was such a lovely surprise to see it had all been sorted over the weekend, making our site secure in that corner of the grounds. 

Thank you for making it happen – it’s really appreciated!"

  

Kate Gunstone, Pupil Premium and Attendance Leader, Bearwood Primary and Nursery School 

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for a wonderful lunch at Pizza Hut today. It was a fantastic celebration of the hard work School Council have done this year towards the Environment Award Platinum Level. The children loved meeting Billy again and the goodies you left with them went down a storm!!!"