Knightstone head office supports local enterprise

21 February 2014

We welcomed some new additional features to our office, thanks to a local social enterprise company.

Last week, Somerset Wood Recycling delivered and installed outdoor tables and benches made from reclaimed wood by a small team of volunteers and staff.  

Somerset Wood Recycling is a not for profit organisation, that offers support and training in a workplace environment for individuals such as students, and people who may be in difficult circumstances.

The company has been up and running since 2007, and has worked with around 700 volunteers, some of whom have gone on to be employed by the company.

Heather Tempan, Senior Facilities Manager at Knightstone said “The tables and benches are absolutely fantastic, and understanding all the hard work that went into making them makes them even better.

It’s great that they’re made from reclaimed wood and we’re very proud to be supporting this local enterprise team. All we have to do now is wait for the weather to get better so we can sit out and enjoy them!”

Tristan Tudor, Project Manager at Somerset Wood Recycling said “It’s great that companies like Knightstone Housing support our enterprise, which in turn helps local people in the community.

I like to think of it as a virtuous circle. Without the support of local companies we wouldn’t be able to do what we do and help the people we help. The tables and benches look great in the setting next to the brand new building - it’s a real contrast between old and new which really works.”

19 year old volunteer and Weston College student Connor Bailey was among those who helped to make the outdoor furniture, from reclaimed cable reels and pallets

Connor, who’s studying for his Level 3 Joinery qualification said, “Making the tables and benches for Knightstone has been good fun and challenging. I’ve learnt a lot of new skills that I can use on my course and will help me to get a job in the industry in the future.”

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