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Local community groups awarded a share of £5000

Hale construction have awarded three Newport community groups with a share of £5000 to help towards their work supporting their local communities.

The donation formed part of J.G Hale’s community benefits commitment for the Treberth development, which they are building on behalf of Pobl Group. The scheme comprises of two apartment blocks, one containing 18 one-bed apartments and the other 27 two-bed apartments. The project makes use of a parcel of land left over from the redevelopment of Newport’s 1940s prefab homes more than 20 years ago and will utilise a series of sustainable technologies, including PV panels and battery storage.

The £5000 donation was split into three local initiatives, including: £2000 (and £200 worth of new children’s clothes) for Newport Yemeni Society, £1500 for Positive Futures and £1500 towards the regeneration of Bluebell Park.

Karl Reed, Head of Community Sport and Wellbeing at Positive Futures explained the difference that the money will make to his project:

“The financial contribution from Hale Construction has been fantastic for the Positive Futures programme this year, and is a really welcome addition to the funding we access from various sources to support and help grow our work and reach into Newport’s communities, where we support, engage and inspire children and young people using sport and physical activity alongside youth work principles to really make a difference. Specifically it has supported our projects in communities such as Alway, Pillgwenlly, Duffryn, Maesglas, and the City Centre to add value to the sessions being delivered there with extra equipment and activity being introduced such as some music, arts, and cultural activity alongside sports such as football and multisports.” 

“Some of the donation is also going to be used alongside some other commercial companies keen to help children at this time of year, to give out some small food hampers at our projects in communities we run leading up to Christmas, and also to buy Christmas gifts and boxes of biscuits for children and young people who have engaged and worked so hard with us this year, as well as supporting other services children and young adults in looked after care, care leavers, or as unaccompanied asylum seekers in Newport.”

“For each of our developments, it is important to provide targeted social value initiatives to the communities surrounding our projects, via a range of tailored community benefits initiatives. Collaborating closely with POBL Group has allowed J.G Hale Construction Ltd to identify and share a £5000 donation amongst three fantastic projects, near to our Treberth development, including: Newport Yemeni Society, Positive Futures and Bluebell Park.” Nia Collard, Business Development Officer at Hale Construction
“We are absolutely thrilled to be able to recognise these community groups that are making a huge difference to the lives of local people in Newport. Our aim at Pobl is to work in partnership with our contractors and the communities where we work, to help to create great places for people to live and thrive in, and we are very grateful that Hale Construction have made this very generous contribution to help us achieve this goal.” Lisa Brown, Economy & Enterprise Lead at Pobl Group