Pupils at an Essex school are celebrating after receiving vital computer equipment thanks to new homes being built by Sanctuary Homes.

Sanctuary are currently building 150 new homes in the Witham area at their Southfields development – located on Conrad Road. The new development will include apartments, bungalows plus 2, 3, 4 and 5-bedroomed houses, with homes being offered for sale, shared ownership, and affordable rent.  

Sanctuary’s MORE! programme sees them work alongside development partners to support community projects in areas where they build new homes, by donating skills, resources and equipment.

Pupils from Witham School are celebrating having received computer equipment

At Southfield the first community venture has already taken place through a donation of computer equipment to New Rickstones Academy, thanks to Sanctuary’s partnership with contractor ENGIE.

The equipment, worth over £2,000, includes iPad’s, classroom projection equipment, scientific calculators, and headphones and while pupils will be able to make use of the hardware. Other support planned for the community with ENGIE via Sanctuary’s MORE! programme include local apprenticeship and labour employment opportunities.

Adam Wilding, Assistant Headteacher at the academy said “New Rickstones Academy is very grateful for the very generous donation of the ICT equipment. This will enhance the educational experience of our students and ensure that we have enough equipment to support those most in need”.

Sarah Brind, Sanctuary’s head of development in the region said: “Southfields is a major new housing development which is set to bring a host of opportunities to local people in Essex, including new homes, employment prospects and support for community projects. The homes have been sympathetically designed to fit in with the idyllic location, and we’re delighted to be working with ENGIE on this project.”

Colleen Eccles spearheads Sanctuary’s MORE! programme and said it was vital to support communities where we build.

“Being able to provide help to local charities, community ventures and projects is really important to us, whether that’s through helping a local school with tools for learning or creating employment opportunities. We are working in communities where people choose to live, and we want to be a positive contributor to those places.” 

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Homes at Southfields will be delivered in five phases between the end of 2022 and summer 2023. The project will also feature a designated walking route around a wetland area, designed to help sustain local ecology.

To discover MORE! visit the dedicated section online here.

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