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Esh Construction upgrades North Lincolnshire charity’s security

The Forge Project in Scunthorpe has received new fencing and secure gates donation

A charity which supports the homeless and adults at risk in North Lincolnshire has been given a safety upgrade after Esh Construction teamed up YORhub to donate new fencing, secure gates, and create a lockable gardening area.

Located in Scunthorpe, The Forge Project wished to create a safer and cleaner environment for its service users and the community by installing a perimeter fence to reduce littering and vandalism. A new gardening area has been created with a high fence and lockable gate which will be developed further in the coming months to provide a skills and wellbeing zone, as well as a place to grow produce for meals. 

The Forge Project provides a day centre where service users can obtain a nutritious meal, learn new skills, and access services and support which are otherwise not available to them. 

Esh pledged to support the charity as part of its commitment to YORhub’s, YOR4Good Fund – a community grant initiative which supports economic regeneration projects through schemes awarded through the YORhub construction frameworks. David Player, Contracts Manager at Esh Construction, said: “We came across The Forge Project while working nearby on the construction of the new M181 Northern Junction which was procured via YORhub. 

“At Esh, we are passionate about supporting our local communities and it has been a pleasure to work alongside the project and make a difference in the local area. I would like to thank YORhub for working with us to provide this much-needed donation and Copeland Fencing for installing the new fence.”

Over the past year alone, The Forge Project has supported 197 people at risk with support sessions and referrals to partner agencies, as well as providing sleeping bags, crisis parcels, hygiene products, and a staggering 4,500 meals. 

Julie Reed chair of the board said: “We rely heavily on the generosity and compassion of others to keep our work going here at The Forge, we offer the chance to make a choice to make a change and its incredibly rewarding when people get their own front door key and can literally start a new life after sleeping on the streets.  

“We are immensely grateful to Esh and were amazed to receive the call offering support, it couldn’t have come at a better time as we were in real need of a secure outside space for therapeutic mental health work. Our grateful thanks to the installation team also, who were an absolute pleasure to work with.” 

Stan Brown, YOR4Good Coordinator at YORhub, said: “We are delighted to support local community initiatives. We would like to thank Esh and their team for identifying The Forge Project as a worthy beneficiary and for completing the works. We hope The Forge Project enjoy their new garden for many years to come.”

Esh Construction installed the fencing while delivering the M181 Northern Junction scheme which was completed earlier this year. The new junction – the first development of the motorway network in North Lincolnshire since the M181 was opened in 1978 – will connect to a new east to west link road between the M181 and Scotter Road.

To find out more about Esh Construction, visit www.eshgroup.co.uk

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