The Good Shepherd are hugely appreciative to contractors Eurovia UK – currently working on the transformation of Wolverhampton City Centre – for providing some improvement works to the charity’s premises on Waterloo Road.
As part of their work for the City of Wolverhampton Council on the City Centre Public Realm Improvement Works, Eurovia UK are also supporting the local community including benefitting the Good Shepherd by taking on several different jobs which would otherwise have proved extremely expensive.
Phase One, which Eurovia staff have been working on this week, has involved improving the area which is accessed by families for the Family Food Pantry, generally making it cleaner, safer and more child-friendly, including the installation of seating.
Further planned work includes improving the two Good Shepherd car parks and marking out parking bays as well as additional improvements to the front of the building which will allow the installation of a lift to provide disabled access to the upper floors of the Waterloo Road site.
“We are really grateful to the staff from Eurovia who have been fantastic and so supportive ever since they first met up with us to offer their help,” said Helen Holloway, the Good Shepherd’s Business & Finance Manager.
“They were really interested in the work that we do, and were very keen to provide support as a community initiative alongside the extensive project they are delivering just up the road in the City Centre.
“As a charity, especially in the current challenging financial climate, we have to make every penny count, and so Eurovia completing this work for us free of charge means we can divert more of our funding straight into the local community where it can have its maximum impact.
“We have now been in the Waterloo Road building for almost three years, and have needed to carry out many different improvements, but all of it is important as it means we have the space and facilities to work with more and more other charities and agencies in the city to deliver partnership working which provides many different support services to people in need, and not just food.
“The work carried out by Eurovia will help to make the Good Shepherd a safer and more welcoming place for our service users, as well as improving accessibility to ensure there are no barriers to the support we can provide for people across the city.”