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Stepnell and Leicestershire Cares give fresh look to garden

The garden of a Leicester residential home has been given a new look by hard-working volunteers from the Nottingham team through a project organised by local charity Leicestershire Cares.

A dozen members of staff picked up paint brushes and spent two days working at the New Wycliffe Home in Rushey Mead which provides residential care for older people with a sensory impairment and people with dementia. The home is run by Vista, the leading local charity for people with sight loss. Vista provides support and services to almost 6,000 children and adults with sight loss throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as well as rehabilitation, social groups, befriending and residential services. Vista also provides specialist services for people with learning disabilities, dementia and dual sensory impairment.

The Stepnell volunteer team painted a wide variety of garden furniture and equipment at the New Wycliffe Home, including a summer house, a shed, gazebo and fencing with the company donating the cost of the materials and making it possible for staff to give up some of their working week to help out.

“Without companies like Stepnell coming forward to help, we wouldn’t be able to do the things that we do or have the environment that we all appreciate,” says Julie Rudd, residential manager at the New Wycliffe Home.

Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “Our team thoroughly enjoyed lending their time and skills at the New Wycliffe Home, helping refresh the garden buildings and fencing.

“We know that the home’s garden is very well used by residents and we hope we’ve been able to make it an even more inviting place in which to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. As a company which is working on a number of major construction schemes in the area, we’re delighted to be able to give something back to the local community in this way through our long-standing partnership with Leicestershire Cares.”

Over the past three years, Stepnell and business volunteering charity Leicestershire Cares have also organised a number of placements for local people giving them the opportunity to gain construction work experience and a job reference they can use to help find permanent employment.

Construction projects which Stepnell is currently working on in the region include building a brand-new national headquarters for My Home Move, the UK’s leading provider of mover conveyancing services at Grove Park, Enderby, in a project by Brackley Property Developments. Also in Leicester, Stepnell is carrying out a scheme to extend and refurbish the carpentry and joinery teaching block at Leicester College. In addition, the company is building a new design and research centre for iconic motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield – the world’s oldest motorcycle company in continuous production – at Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire.