Midland Lend Lease staff lend a hand

Ahsan Hayat, David Ockenden (back), Becca Pink and Maeve Ward (front) at St Bart’s House. Picture: David Baylis        d459414
Ahsan Hayat, David Ockenden (back), Becca Pink and Maeve Ward (front) at St Bart’s House. Picture: David Baylis        d459414

LEND Lease staff lent a helping hand, with 20 employees at St Bartholomew’s House in Midland as part of the company’s annual Community Day.

Working alongside colleagues, community partners, family and suppliers to provide much-needed support, the workers helped to make a number of improvements to the grounds.

St Bartholomew’s House is shelter for the homeless but its mission is also to assist the homeless to rebuild their lives and act to prevent further homelessness tomorrow.

The team of handy workers painted fences and helped out with a mosaic project, relocated a vegie patch and mulched gardens.

Group head of sustainability at Lend Lease, Geoff Dutaillis, said Community Day offered employees a chance to apply their skills where they were most needed and give back to the communities that supported it.

“Employees can lead a project team or join a project in their local area or one that resonates with them personally to reinforce our strong partnerships with the community,” he said.

St Bartholomew’s House spokesman John Berger said the volunteer help meant the funds that would have otherwise been spent on the maintenance could be channelled back into essential services.

St Bartholomew’s House helps those at risk of homelessness to achieve positive life outcomes and those already homeless to find accommodation.

The accommodation units provide transitional community-based accommodation for adults 18 and over who are living with a mental illness.

People referred to the service may be requiring respite, experiencing homelessness or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Its programs aim to empower individuals to take control and make positive changes in the life.