This Wednesday marks the second Housing Day campaign on Twitter, which offers the perfect opportunity to reflect on our own commitment to the social housing sector throughout 2014.
Our high performance products and services have long been utilised on projects across the sector. However, over the past 12 months we have increasingly supported our customers in improving the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the areas they work in.
Here are just a few of the highlights.
In May we joined forces with Bell Group to deliver a DIY Masterclass to residents of affordable housing provider Affinity Sutton. It took place in one of Affinity Sutton’s vacant apartments in Borehamwood and was designed to arm residents with simple DIY skills which they could then put to use in their own homes. Residents were unanimously positive about the event, saying: “I had a lovely informative morning and would love to do something like this again” and “I now feel a lot more confident about undertaking a decorating project”. It was a real success all round.
We also played an integral role in giving Sinfin Moor Church in Derby a new lease of life thanks to a generous donation of paint. Working alongside Bell Group and apprentices from Derby Homes, more than 170 litres of our paint was used to restore the building to a state befitting its status as a focal point for the local community
During the summer, we played our part in adding a splash of colour to the homes of at risk young people as part of Business in the Community's Give & Gain Day. Linking up with integrated support services company Carillion, our products were used during an intensive three-day makeover of homes at Barnardo's Bay6 Project in South Ribble, Lancashire.
Jane Braybrook, Carillion's community regeneration manager in the north of England, said: "Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral component of Carillion's business strategy and it's clear that Johnstone's values it equally as highly. When approached about the project, they wasted little time in ensuring they played a pivotal role in its success by specifying and supplying a very generous quantity of paint."
We have also recently launched our first ever Community Spirit Award, designed to highlight and reward decorating contractors whose responsible business activity has benefited local communities.
Join in the conversation and celebrate the positive impact of social housing on thousands of people across the UK over on Twitter using the hashtag #HousingDay
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