Rugeley team thanked for ‘fantastic’ community support


The team carrying out a flood prevention scheme in the Staffordshire town of Rugeley has received a ‘massive thank you’ from the coordinator of the town’s community centre.

The scheme, which is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, will help reduce flood risk to more than 114 residential and 157 commercial properties in Rugeley. It also forms an integral part of the local council’s plans to regenerate parts of the town centre.

The project team has been hiring rooms at the Community Centre, which is located adjacent to the site, since the project got underway in January 2017.

Rugeley Community Centre is an important resource for the local community, and acts as a base for key community services including the Rugeley Day Service operated by Voyage Care. The service provides high quality support to adults with a learning disability and other complex needs.

The Centre is also the base for Rugeley Foodbank (which the site team has contributed to), the Rugeley Community Church meets there each Sunday morning, and other local organisations use the meeting rooms and Sports Hall for various activities during the week.

Kevin Dougherty, Coordinator for Rugeley Community Centre, said:

“Employees including Angus Brettell, Ian Wood and Tony Bracey have had such a positive impact with the Centre staff and particularly with the Day Care service users.

“The guys have supported every charity event in the centre by making personal donations, and with their help the money raised has always increased dramatically.”

The Centre has two flowerbeds that were badly overgrown and in desperate need of rejuvenation. Staff at the Centre came up with the idea of using the flowerbeds as a project for people attending Voyage Day Care.

However, when it became obvious that clearing the beds before work to reinstate them could begin was a big problem, the TVO site team was asked if they could assist in anyway.

Kevin Dougherty said:

“The response was fantastic!

“Not only did they dig out the old foliage and soil, they also then replaced it with fresh topsoil to enable the Day Care service users to plant straight away plant new flowers and shrubs.

“Their intervention meant a project that would take at least a week to do by hand was completed in just a couple of hours.

“We at the Centre are so grateful for their willingness to help the local community. The employees that made this happen are an absolute credit to their company.

“We can’t thank you enough, absolutely brilliant job!”

27 July 2017