Top Class - new outdoor education building for children at Daisy Chain

05 August 2014

Expertise and manpower provided by Northumbrian Water has enabled Daisy Chain to expand the services it can provide to youngsters affected by autism.

A team of seven from the companies’ Bran Sands depot has taken turns to be on site at the headquarters of the charity at Calf Fallow Farm in Norton. They have been instrumental in building an outdoor classroom for the use of both the children who use the services at the Centre and also external school visits.

It overlooks the pond and wetlands area in the grounds and will enable youngsters to observe wildlife, the changing colours of flowers and shrubs through the seasons, and to learn more about the things they see.

“I would really like to thank Northumbrian Water for the work they have done here,” said Judith Haysmore, Chief Executive. “This will enable us to provide another level of services to not just our own children but also to school groups from across the area.”

Over the course of twelve days the Northumbrian Water employees have helped to build the classroom as part of the company’s employee volunteering scheme, ‘Just an hour’. All staff are encouraged to spend at least 15 hours of paid, work time to support and improve local communities.

Volunteer, Paul Searle, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed helping to build the classroom. It feels very rewarding to know that the classroom will provide children with a wonderful environment to learn and develop in.

“I am proud that Northumbrian Water gives so much back to communities on Teesside, and throughout the region, through our volunteering scheme. In 2013 our employees spent more than 16,000 hours helping more than 700 different projects.”

For more information ring Sarah Kirkman, Media and Communications Officer on 01642-531248.

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