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VINCI Facilities supports Ready for School Programme

VINCI Facilities Building Solutions is providing £15,000 worth of support for the Waltham Forest Ready for School programme via its work with Peabody which prepares disadvantaged children to make a successful transition to school through home learning and co-ordinated family support.

This support builds upon the Building Solutions team’s successful involvement with Peabody’s early childhood literacy programme, Reading from the Start.

The Ready for School programme was piloted on Peabody’s Pembury Estate in Hackney. Peabody decided to offer it to children and families living on its Chingford Hall estate in Waltham Forest, beginning in April 2019 using the programme refined in Hackney.

As a partner organisation, the Lloyd Park Children’s Charity committed £10,000 of the £25,000 full programme delivery costs to fund a teacher to lead the project.

The Ready for School Project is now in its second year in Waltham Forest and VINCI Facilities’ funding of £15,000 will support Peabody in offering it to local children and families for 2020/2021 with an emphasis on raising achievement of children through family support and tailored teaching for children on the Chingford Hall Estate.

Sheila Gammans, Waltham Forest Community Programmes Manager, Peabody, said: “Every week the children in our Ready for School programme meet at Chingford Community Hall for an interactive session planned around the Early Years Foundation Goals. All of our learning and play activities help to prepare the children for school. As a long-term partner of our educational programmes, VINCI Facilities’ commitment to and support for Peabody communities means that we can work together to continue supporting local families in Waltham Forest.”

VINCI Facilities and Peabody have an effective track record of working collaboratively to deliver social value in the communities we work in. Under the existing 10-year Quality Homes Contract and the original Thamesmead Towers Contract, VINCI Facilities Building Solutions made a commitment of both financial and in-kind support to Peabody Community Foundation (PCF).

Barry Boxall, Managing Director of VINCI Facilities Building Solutions said: “For us what we do is about improving the quality of life for the people in the communities we serve on behalf of Peabody. If we can make a difference through early years interventions, as well as the physical improvements to a community’s built environment, then that is a hugely important thing for our people and our business. It is something we take a real pride in doing – social value is not just something we do because of a commitment to the Social Value Act. We do it because it is the right thing do – ethically and morally. What’s more we are looking forward to supporting three new projects which directly support Peabody’s Covid-19 response to support its communities and vulnerable residents.”

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