Garth Primary School at Mission Road in Maesteg has a brand new outdoor stage and sensory garden thanks to green-fingered help from local Capita Symonds volunteers.
The outdoor stage will be used for outdoor plays and concerts over the summer while the garden includes a draft board, sandpit and flower beds with plants and herbs of different smells, textures and tastes.
Fifteen volunteers from Capita Symonds - and a volunteer from construction company Morgan Ashurst - worked with Business In The Community’s Jill Salter on the project.
Although the project was planned over several months, it was carried out over a hectic 12 hour period. Head teacher Julie Thomas, says: “We are all thrilled with the garden and the stage; all the hard work and effort that went into the preparation, planning and organisation was amazing. The results are fantastic.”
Kirsty Llewellyn, a transport graduate from Capita Symonds, was selected as the company’s Team Leader for the work – the first time she’s managed her own project and team.
Liane Sheppard, Director, Capita Symonds said: “We thought it was a good opportunity for a graduate to take on the team leader role. Kirsty has gained valuable experience in management of projects, working very hard behind the scenes with our design engineers on the outdoor stage and garden to ensure that everything was in place for the actual construction. All the Directors at our Glamorgan office took part in the project and enjoyed not having to make the decisions for a day!”
Capita Symonds Director Ian Walsh said: “We actively encourage staff to take part in local community projects. This project was particularly challenging within the timescale but the outcome is worthwhile as the children and school will benefit hugely. The staff also thoroughly enjoyed their involvement in the project.”
“We are always keen to invest as much time and energy into community projects as possible,” says Tom Davies Morgan Ashurst operations manager. “This was a fun challenge to get involved with and we’re thrilled the children will have such a fantastic place to let off some steam in between lessons.”
Special thanks goes to Alun Griffiths Contractors (Wales) Ltd who donated £250, Morgan Ashurst’s supply chain partners Jewsons and WT Burdens which donated materials including paving slabs, concrete and sand, and Costain which donated and delivered all the timber for the stage.