Our staff give Knocklayde House a makeover
Published: Mon, 5 May 2014
Green-fingered enthusiasts from our Causeway offices joined forces recently to give Knocklayde House in Ballycastle a makeover.
Fourteen members of our staff from offices in Coleraine, Ballycastle, Ballymoney and Limavady arrived at the House armed with paint brushes, rakes, spades and a myriad of DIY tools.
Knocklayde, which opened in 1989, provides supported living for ten adults with learning difficulties, offering 24-hour care. An approach was made by Business in the Community to the Corporate Social Responsibility team at the Housing Executive to see if there were any volunteers available to undertake a grounds clean-up at the House. Causeway staff took on the challenge.
Mark Alexander, Causeway Area Manager said, “This was a very worthwhile project to get involved with, helping to improve the outdoors environment where some of the most vulnerable members of our community spend their time.
“Last year, we carried out an environmental makeover of Ballysally Nursery in Coleraine to develop an outside play area and we decided when we completed that we would definitely give it a go this year again.
“We decided that we would do a project in the locations of each of our four district offices and it was Ballycastle’s turn this year. We will be identifying opportunities in our other areas of Ballymoney and Limavady for the future.”
Marguerite McToal, Service Manager at Knocklayde House said: “When Business in the Community approached us to say staff from the Housing Executive were interested in doing some volunteering, we were delighted. We don’t have a lot of manpower so it was great to get the offer.
“It will benefit the residents and they will have somewhere nice to enjoy. We would not have the time to do the work ourselves. Staff and residents really appreciate it so I would like to thank the Housing Executive staff for all their work,” she added.