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Novus delivers £20,000 bereavement facility to Brighton hospital

NOVUS DELIVERS £20,000 BEREAVEMENT FACILITY TO BRIGHTON HOSPITAL

  16 JULY, 2018
The winner of our second Big 5 project in the South East was the Bereavement Suite at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. Previously mothers and fathers of still-born babies or babies who die shortly after birth had been sharing the same area. The new suite gives parents who lose a child during pregnancy or delivery the space, time and facilities they need during the grieving process. Maternity Ward Refurbishment The team transformed a separate area of the maternity ward into a delivery area and bereavement suite over a 10-day period. This new facility contains a studio flat alongside the delivery room with a cold cot, which will mean the family will get more time with their babies to create memories and a private place for them to grieve.   The project started on the 11th June in a restricted environment on the 13th floor of the live ward. It consisted of stripping out three existing rooms including electrics, plumbing and flooring, reconfiguring them along, building new walls, installing a kitchenette and preparation room, a full redecoration and new flooring, and installing the furniture donated by Oscar’s Wish. Abigail’s Footsteps   The work was carried out as part of our Big Five campaign to support (link to the csr page) worthwhile projects in communities up and down the country to celebrate our fifth birthday, where we are offering the opportunity to win £20,000 refurbishments. Abigail’s Footsteps won the South East competition. Without the support of our supply chain and the enthusiasm of our own workforce the project could never have been completed within the time scales.   Ray Fielder, operations manager at Novus, said: “We received a lot of worthy nominations as part of the judging process, but Abigail’s Footsteps’ project to deliver the bereavement suite at the Royal Sussex County Hospital stood out from the beginning. “Everyone involved in the selection was moved by the cause and the work the charity does. We’re really proud to see the final result and that our work will leave a lasting legacy in the community.”   Hayley Stevenson, Labour Ward and Pregnancy Loss Lead, said: “For recently bereaved parents, the labour ward can be a very hard place to stay, surrounded as they are by the activities and sounds of deliveries and newborn babies. “It is difficult to fully express what a difference this bereavement suite will make to them. “It will give bereaved parents time away from the main ward to form bonds with the child they have lost and create memories of them, memories that are so important in the grieving process. “There is no timescale for the parents who need this suite.” Abigail’s Footsteps was founded in 2010 to improve bereavement training for healthcare professionals, provide vital amenities and to allow parents to grieve in their own space away from maternity wards. The Oscar’s Wish Foundation was founded in 2015 to provide support for parents, families and siblings who experience the loss of their baby. It is raising funds to furnish the suite and is advising on how the facility is set up.  
#1 Big 5 - Leeds Action to Create Homes

#1 BIG 5 - LEEDS ACTION TO CREATE HOMES

  05 JUNE, 2018
For our first Big 5 project, we brought a derelict house back into use for a vulnerable person. We asked people to nominate a community building in desperate need of repair for a £20,000 building refurbishment which we would deliver in our 5th year of trading as Novus. Latch Charity Selection We selected Leeds as our first location and Leeds Action to Create Homes (LATCH) was the winner of our competition. Latch provides supported housing for homeless and vulnerable people. Building Refurbishment Work The house needed a serious amount of work as it was in a poor state. The kitchen, bathroom and heating system were replaced as everything was broken. We fitted various new joinery items and floor covering before redecorating the property throughout. The building refurbishment would have taken Latch a few months, but we were able to transform the property in two weeks for the tenant to start a fresh. The external of the property was painted, and our team and LATCH Volunteers carried out a joint project in the landscaping works for the new tenants to be able to enjoy the garden of their new home. We completed the building refurbishment of the two-bedroom house with new furniture. Tenant’s Feedback The tenant of the property said “It’s lovely, very warm. It’s a really nice house. It’s the best one bed house I’ve ever seen. It feels like there’s something off my shoulders, I don’t have to worry anymore.” Operations Manager’s Feedback Mark Rapley, Operations Manager for Novus who managed the project said ‘it’s amazing to see the impact Novus have had on someone’s life. It was a challenge to turn the major building refurbishment of the property around in 2 weeks, however it was truly worth the end result of being about to house vulnerable person and her son’.  Customer’s Feedback “Since moving into their lovely new home, the residents have been enjoying a much better quality of life.” Manjeet Gahir, Property Services Manager, LATCH Find Out More Find out more about our Big 5 campaign, or view more about the other projects here.
Going Electric

GOING ELECTRIC

  20 FEBRUARY, 2018
The British Government has announced that from 2040 it will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles. Last year we completed a trial of four different electric vehicles as part of our contract with Manchester University, which has charging points on site. We found that some of the vehicles weren’t suitable for us because of the limits on the mileage per charge. We intend to move forward and lease one vehicle on a two-year basis following the trial and are reviewing opportunities to do the same on other sites over the coming years. Steven Lucas, our transport manager believes electric vehicles are currently only feasible for servicing single sites with assess to a recharging infrastructure. Having a van making multiple trips across different locations is just not practical as many can only travel around 40 miles per charge under real conditions in winter months. And while the government is set to increase the number of charging points as part of its wider infrastructure investment, it is likely to be a slow burn. However there is a strong case for using EVs for certain projects, especially as going electric can strengthen your brand among your clients and their customers, and also there are the reduced fuel and tax costs to factor in.
Novus sets the winds of change in motion

NOVUS SETS THE WINDS OF CHANGE IN MOTION

  16 FEBRUARY, 2018
Novus Property Solutions, ENGIE, and Places for People have joined forces to complete a major refurbishment project for a scheme that provides temporary accommodation for homeless young families in Sheffield, as part of its commitment to delivering social value.   The Windmill Project is a housing development specifically for young families that have been made homeless. The quiet cul-de-sac in Sheffield has a few houses solely for these vulnerable families plus a small community centre. The project, which is designed to create a safe environment to help these families rebuild their lives, is managed by property management, development, regeneration and leisure company, Places for People.   For the past three years, Novus has worked with ENGIE to assist Places for People with an annual charitable regeneration project, with both providing labour and materials free of charge. The two contractors provide a planned and reactive property maintenance service to the homes Places for People manages across the country. A team of 30 volunteers from both contractors gave up their time to work on the project, over a 4-week period. The community centre at the heart of the Windmill Project is currently housed in a temporary Portakabin building and was in need of revitalising. Thanks to Novus and  ENGIE it has now been completely stripped back and refurbished to create a warm and welcoming space for the vulnerable women and their families to meet. The project involved a complete refurbishment of the Community Centre and landscaping of the garden area. Externally this involved installing new windows and doors, external wall insulation and a new roofline. Internally this involved remodeling the layout of the internal areas including the installation of a new communal kitchen along with new toilets, suspended ceiling, lighting, heating system, flooring and a full redecoration including murals. The land to the side of the existing Portakabin community centre has also been transformed into an attractive patio area and garden for the women and their families to enjoy as part of the project. The new centre was officially opened just before Christmas with a fun event where service users and their families were invited to a kid’s party event that involved a magician, fun activities, food and drink and presents handed out to every kid in attendance. This provided the perfect backdrop for the service users to experience the new improved facilities.   Neil Hand, Novus’ CEO, said: “Social Value is something which we take very seriously at Novus – it’s very much at the very heart of our business and the way we operate. I had no hesitation in getting involved with this fantastic project for Places for People. It just shows what we can achieve for the local community by working together.” Novus has long been committed to Social Value and its Changing Lives programme, which was shortlisted in the National Business Awards earlier this year, was launched two years ago and has positively impacted more than 30,000 people in that time.
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