InterAct is an Essex based charity, dedicated to improving the emotional well-being and opportunities of young people with learning disabilities/difficulties and autism.
GRAHAM Construction worked with 3 students from Writtle College who helped design and build the garden, working alongside the Construction site team to turn the 500m2 overgrown space into “Aspire Garden” to give young people a place to socialise, relax and develop their skills and confidence.
GRAHAM Construction provided manpower, plant and materials which resulted in an ‘In Kind Benefit’ in the region of £5.8k. Working collaboratively with its own supply chain and other contractors in the area to source surplus materials from local sites or via its contacts within the construction industry.
The project has brought InterAct, Writtle College, Princes Road Allotments; the Council’s Highway Contractors and the Chelmer Viaduct Rotary Club together, providing a lasting community legacy.
Anne Pleasant, co-chief executive of the charity, explained what a difference the garden would make:
“Gardening is a fantastic hobby that just about anybody is able to take up and has so much to offer – colour, fragrance, design. We are absolutely delighted to have the support of both GRAHAM Construction and Writtle College to transform the Aspire Centre garden.”
Scott Downes, Writtle College and team leader for the project, said:
“What we have achieved is at the very top end of my expectations and couldn’t have been achieved without the support of the staff from GRAHAM Construction. Their expertise (and use of one of their diggers) really helped us hit the important milestones in the project.”