Not one but two community buildings that help protect young people in supported accommodation will benefit from a brand new communal security door, door entry and access control system, kindly donated by three Secured by Design (SBD) member companies.
The companies – F.Bamford (Engineering) Ltd, known in the industry as Bamford Doors, and its key partners Key Management Systems Ltd (KMS) and Entrotec Limited – were overwhelmed by the number of applications received for their Christmas competition.
The judging panel made up of representatives from the companies met just before the Christmas break to decide on the winner.
Heartened by the amount of great work going on in local communities across the country, the judging panel could not decide on one worthy cause. Instead, they decided that they would double up their charitable donation and have two winning projects rather than one to receive a complete communal door entry solution installed free to improve the security of their building.
The winners of this competition are:
A refuge for young parents in North Wales: providing shared accommodation for young, single parents facing a future alone with their child. The refuge is owned by North Wales Housing. Referred by their local authority, the tenants receive support to learn skills to live independently and provide for the needs of their child. They are likely to have come from housing where they were vulnerable, such as from abusive ex-partners or family members. The existing communal door to the block of four flats can be opened easily or tends to be left open by visitors – making tenants feel insecure and at risk. Kerry Jones, of North Wales Housing, said: “Tenants don’t want to find visitors they aren’t expecting in the communal hallway. A new secure door will give them the added peace of mind of safety and security.” North Wales Housing is a social enterprise scheme providing homes and delivering services to more than 2,700 households across North Wales. They have become a regional market leader in vital areas such as assisting vulnerable people including the homeless and people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.
Supported accommodation for young people who are homeless in North East England: providing safe accommodation for young people aged 16-21 affected by homelessness to prepare them for independent living. Most are likely to have endured trauma such as neglect or finding themselves homeless due to family breakdown. Replacing the current door will revitalise the appearance of the building while also offering greater security to residents. Graeme Irwing, Riverside’s Area Manager of Care and Support, said: “We are delighted to be one of the winners of the competition which will make a big difference to the exterior of the building. A new door will completely revive the appearance and improve its security. Together with the amazing work our staff do to help residents turn their lives around, it will help keep them more safe and secure.” Riverside is a leading social housing provider in England and Scotland with around 58,300 homes owned or under management. Its care and support services enable people facing a wide variety of challenging circumstances to lead more resilient and independent lives.
Alexis Smith, Managing Director, of Bamford Doors, who is leading on this charitable initiative for the three companies, said: “We have been thrilled and delighted by the huge response and have been so impressed by the amount of good work going on in communities around the UK. It’s so great to learn what people are doing to help those who are most vulnerable and at risk in our society,” she added.
All three companies are long-standing members of SBD, the official police security initiative.
Hazel Goss, Development Officer, SBD, said: “This is a fantastic initiative. These companies have got together to give their time and money to help people most in need. I am really blown away by their generosity and their commitment to make a positive difference. It’s brilliant work. My many congratulations to the two winners and thrilled that one of the successful initiatives is in North Wales where I live!”
Bamford Doors specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of Secured by Design communal solutions, meeting the needs of local authorities, housing associations, builders, private landlords, schools, student accommodation and other public and private sector buildings.
Entrotec are trusted pioneers and leading manufacturers of door entry solutions in UK residential and commercial markets. They are renowned for manufacturing and supplying high quality audio and video vandal resistant door entry, concierge systems and proximity access control systems. Established in 1987 Entrotec have significant experience designing and bringing to market innovative systems tailored to client specific requirements to ensure the security of their property, their people and their communities.
Key Management Systems Ltd (KMS) are the UK’s leading supplier of residential access control products and services, predominantly supplying the social housing sector (Local Authorities, Housing Associations etc) and Private Landlords. The SimpleKey Web system is a unique and innovative access control solution for all multi-user residences with instant fob administration from any web enabled device.
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