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Morgan Sindall volunteers transform school's play area


Staff from our Cambridge office have dedicated over 250 hours of their time to revitalise a local SEN school’s outside play areas.

Working in partnership with volunteers from the Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford, the team transformed the spaces, many of which had been condemned as ‘out-of-bounds’ to the young learners who attend Castle School in Cambridge.

The volunteers donated their time as part of Neighbourhood Week – a national community investment scheme – repairing play equipment, benches, a huge wooden fort, climbing walls, fencing and an amphitheatre.

Not only did the volunteers work right across the playing field upgrading and repairing the play equipment, they even got the pupils involved in the painting – something that went down with huge excitement throughout the week.

Carol McCarthy, headteacher at Castle School said; “Thank you so much for all you did this week – it has made such a difference to our school! What a wonderful community effort this was to deliver enormous benefit to our school family. The children have been so excited to be able to play on the castle again and our summer activities can now include the amphitheatre. It’s wonderful!”

Bob Ensch, area director for Morgan Sindall said: “We run a voluntary week of community service each year and when the Rotary Club asked if we could help, we could see that the project would benefit from our expertise, as well as the many hours volunteered by our employees.

“What has been achieved is very pleasing. It was heart breaking to see how the outdoor play equipment had perished and the young people in the school, who love to play and explore, were unable to make the most of the outdoors. They no longer have to say away from their favourite areas and can play freely once again.”

Colin Chrebelski, who managed the whole project for the Rotary Club added: “This is an amazing result. We had considered doing the work ourselves within the club, but with Morgan Sindall’s support, the project has gone way beyond the club’s ambitions. I must thank all who have been involved from the company and the club.”