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Local developer supports local community

Published Monday, 04 November 2019

Local developer, RG Group, have transformed a Longford-based community centre after volunteering their time, skills and materials to the site.

Photo Left to Right: Ben Keeling, RG Group; Sarah Gristwood, Coventry City Council;
Tom Hay, RG Group; Junior Higgins, Peggie’s Park; Bernice Higgins, Peggie’s Park; Luke Moore, M&S Decorators; Phil Moore, M&S Decorators.
Photo Left to Right: Ben Keeling, RG Group; Sarah Gristwood, Coventry City Council; Tom Hay, RG Group; Junior Higgins, Peggie’s Park; Bernice Higgins, Peggie’s Park; Luke Moore, M&S Decorators; Phil Moore, M&S Decorators.

Peggie’s Park Community Centre on Bedlam Lane has been running since 1991. Over the years the centre has become a vital part of community life and offers a wide variety of activities for those in the community.

Cllr Tariq Khan, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The Community Resilience Team are a great liaison to link up communities and developers to make a real difference.

“Peggie’s Park is a great example of how connecting the right people can make a huge impact. The centre has been transformed with a fresh coat of paint and it’s ready to do even more great things in the local community now it’s been brightened up inside and out.

RG Group are currently building student accommodation in the city, and as part of this recognise the importance of giving back to the community as much as possible. To achieve this, they linked in with the Community Resilience Team at Coventry City Council to discuss potential groups that would greatly benefit from support in the city.

Stephen Davis, Project Manager on the site, shared: “As a principal contractor we support local communities and good causes to try and create legacy projects to leave a lasting impression on the communities we impact and give something back.

“With the help of the Community Resilience Team we were able to help a really good local cause, Peggie’s Park, and give something back – and hopefully made a real difference.”

Bernice Higgins has been the centre manager since it was first established and is passionate about supporting those in need in the city.  The centre provides hot meals for the homeless twice a week along with a food bank, a women’s support group for victims of domestic and honour-based violence, FGM, family events and much more.

Bernice and her son are currently looking at extending their services to ensure that they reach out to all ages of the community.

The Community Resilience Team had been closely working with Bernice who had recently asked the team for support with funding opportunities for paint and decorating materials for the centre. The team arranged a meeting between RG Group and Bernice so they could see for themselves the great work that the centre offers, and RG Group were keen to support the organisation following the meeting.  

As well as the provision of materials, RG Group and M&S Decorators have been tirelessly working down at the community centre volunteering their time to decorate in the last week with great results.

Find out more about the work of the Community Resilience Team.

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