Amey lends a hand to Dove House

30 September 2015
Amey employees and children from Dove House.

Amey, who provide highways maintenance services across Hampshire, has completed a project for Dove House School Academy in Basingstoke to make their outdoor play area more suitable for all the children who attend the school.

A team from Amey spent a day at Dove House preparing and laying new paving to make the play area entrance safer and improving the accessibility of the facilities for the young people.

Robbie Bullock, Highways Manager based in Hook for Amey, said: “I am very proud of the team. Hopefully our efforts will mean that the pupils can now make full use of the outside area at the school.”

Amey offers a Community Involvement Day programme, where every employee is allowed one paid day a year to work in the local community for a charitable or community organisation.

David Fawcett, Customer Services Manager for Amey, said: “Our community programme is a great way for our employees to volunteer with a local charity or community group of their choice. Last year, over 75% of our local workforce took part in a day and 2015 has proved to be no different so far. We were delighted to be able to assist Dove House and hopefully the work the team completed will help pupils for years to come.”

Hannah Stroud, Head of Inclusive Education and Aspirations at Dove House, commented: “We are very grateful to Amey for our lovely new path leading to the adventure playground. Watching the children walking about and noticing their new path is lovely. The pupils are very impressed!”

Dove House School Academy is a secondary school for children with learning difficulties, many of whom have autism and other associated conditions. The school provides the National Curriculum, and also has several specialist provisions to meet the individual needs of its pupils. It is also a specialist school for Maths and Computing, and has been classified as an ‘Outstanding’ school by Ofsted in 2007, 2010 and 2015.