06-06-2012

Speedy Services has shown its caring sharing side by helping out a Liverpool housing charity.

The company was able to lend a hand – or at least some of its products – when volunteers turned an unoccupied house at Liverpool Habitat for Humanity, Toxteth, into a marketing area for would-be home owners in just four days.

Graduates working for UK housing company Redrow Homes drove the project and as well as transforming the property, the five trainees sourced materials and services and mucked in to paint walls, rearrange furniture and landscape the gardens.

They contacted Speedy with a wish list of items they needed to complete the work: a carpet cleaner and dryer, alloy staging, two sets of builders’ steps and a pressure washer.

Paul Mabey, Speedy Asset Services Key Account Manager (Housing) said: “We were able to fulfil all of the Redrow requests from our Liverpool depot at Kirkdale. We also sent a manager down to the site to show the volunteers how to safely use the equipment, and to ensure healthy safety measures were in place.

“We were delighted to be involved in this project, which has proved so worthwhile and we sincerely hope that the new site office proves to be a real asset to the charity.”

Liverpool Habitat for Humanity (LHfH) is a charitable organisation which aspires to improve the quality of life of people who live in Toxteth, one of the most deprived areas in the UK. It works with the local community, building homes which are accessible to low-income families. The organisation is affiliated to, but not funded by Habitat for Humanity International.

As a non-profitable organisation, the charity is reliant on volunteer labour and donations of land, material and money. The Liverpool scheme promotes development for the community by the community - in other words, they build their own homes. And families are able to reduce the cost of home ownership by investing 500 hours of 'sweat equity' – physically working on site – in lieu of a £10,000 cash down-payment.

Liza Parry, executive director for Liverpool Habitat for Humanity, said: "This has been fantastic for us. Now we have a clean, attractive and welcoming environment in which we can talk to prospective home owners, take them through the plans and hopefully sign them up to start helping to build their own home."

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