Salix Steps in to help Kersal Community Group
Posted: 10:35 AM, October 18, 2013 by News Desk
Salford-based Salix Homes and contractor B4Box have came to the aid of Lower Kersal Young People’s Group, which works with children to provide them with a safe and happy place to meet new friends and learn new skills.
The group, based at St Aidan’s Church in Lower Kersal, Salford, runs a range of activities for children and young people and has an allotment site at the neighbouring Kersal Vale Allotments.
The allotment site is very popular among members where they grow their own fruit and vegetables, but in recent years the fence surrounding their plot had fallen into a state of disrepair and was in urgent need of replacing.
When Colin Goodall, investment and delivery manager at Salix Homes, heard about their plight he immediately asked Salix Homes’ contractors B4Box to build a new fence for the group as a good will gesture.
Colin said: “Salix Homes is committed to helping out community organisations such as this, so when we heard that Lower Kersal Young People’s Group needed some assistance we were more than happy to help and asked our contractors B4Box to carry out the work.
“The youth group has helped transform the lives of hundreds of youngsters over the years by providing them with opportunities to learn new skills, so we hope the new-look allotment site will make a huge difference to all the youngsters and volunteers.”
Thomas Lever MBE, who runs the youth group, added: “We can’t thank Salix Homes and B4Box enough. The old fence was rotten and falling down and we just couldn’t afford to replace it. We are right at the front of the allotment site so it didn’t look good for people walking past, but the new fence is fantastic, the workmen were brilliant and it’s made a huge difference for us.”
Salford–based construction company B4Box, which has a commitment to employing the long term unemployed and specialises in bringing empty properties back in to use, has been working with Salix Homes on its Decent Homes improvement projects at Overdale House and Moss Meadow Road, improving 22 homes.
Bill Lloyd, managing director at B4Box, said: “Lower Kersal Young People’s Group does such a fantastic job working with local youngsters so it was a pleasure for us to build them a new fence as a good will gesture.
“The group provides a vital service for the community so when Salix Homes asked us to complete this work we were more than happy to support them.”