Gleeds Newcastle farming the way for improved communities

Employees from Gleeds office in Newcastle recently volunteered to support Ouseburn Farm, a registered charity located in the Lower Ouseburn Valley a mile from Newcastle City Centre.

Ouseburn Farm provides an integrated setting where people with disabilities and the able-bodied can work together, developing and running farm projects for the benefit of the wider community. Gleeds volunteers helped maintain the farm across 2 days, constructing foundations for their new Protohome, undertaking repair work and clearing vegetation.

The volunteering day was one in a series of events held between Monday 19th September and Friday 23rd September as part of the Gleeds Global Challenge, where employees from the company’s 59 international offices take part in fundraising, volunteering and staff wellbeing activities in an effort to build community – locally and with one another.

Gleeds Director for Newcastle, Peter Burns, said: “Gleeds Global Challenge allows us to give something back to the local communities we work in around the world. In Newcastle, our volunteering efforts will enhance and maintain the farm for visiting school children and students.”

Gleeds is currently providing cost management services on behalf of Carillion-Igloo for the regeneration of the Ouseburn area which includes the award-winning The Malings project. The Malings is a new sustainable development which consists of 76 low energy, eco-friendly homes and has been voted number 10 in the most fashionable places to live in the UK.