Rowan Ashworth Ltd, carrying out street and road improvements in the town centre for Oldham Council, gifted their time and money to provide a sensory room and a therapeutic space for students with additional needs.
The company has invested £20,000 to transform an empty room at the primary school for the youngsters’ sensory delight and special learning opportunity.
As per guidelines, all council contractors must deliver social value, including supporting the local supply chain, creating local jobs and training opportunities, volunteering for good causes, and much more. This ensures that projects can positively impact people across the borough.
Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “This is an amazing room which I am sure will be loved by pupils for years to come.
Rowan Ashworth Ltd is doing a great job transforming our town centre, including their work at Hilton Square.
It’s fantastic to see the company really embrace their commitment to social value, using their skills to benefit the children at East Crompton St George's.”
The room will give pupils with additional needs a much-needed therapeutic space; the school can also use it to create immersive learning experiences for children by projecting images related to their study topic.
Rowan Ashworth Ltd has developed a partnership with East Crompton St George’s because it’s on the doorstep of their office on Buckstones Road, Shaw.
The business has also been working closely with Blue Coat, mentoring students as part of the One Million Mentors Scheme. Both schools are part of the Cranmer Trust.
Stuart Lowe, Director, Rowan Ashworth Ltd, said: “We’ve been working in Oldham town centre as part of the Accessible Oldham scheme and have students walking through from Blue Coat every day - so it made sense to build a partnership with the school.
We’re proud to be part of the One Million Mentors scheme and to be creating opportunities and experiences for Oldham’s young people.
We’re an Oldham company with an Oldham workforce, and it’s important that we make a positive difference in our hometown.
Seeing the kids’ faces light up when they saw their new immersive room was priceless.”
*Info: Oldham Council