A good job all round
Salix Homes are delivering improvements to many properties as part of the Decent Homes programme, but for resident David Perry, the repairs have also led to a full-time job.
When David heard that Salix Homes was making improvements to his home at Black Friar Court in Broughton, he was delighted. But the enterprising resident also thought that the repairs could be more than just a boost for the building.
"I am a qualified tiler, but the economic downturn in the construction industry has meant that I found it very difficult to find a permanent job. The company carrying out the repair work, Emanuel Whittaker, held an open day in January to inform residents about what to expect from the work" David explained. "I took the chance to ask about employment - however at that time there was nothing on offer."
In the meantime, David's name kept coming up in the site office as a result of his good turns in the neighbourhood. Ian McCune, Site Manager explained: "David is very well known for being a good neighbour on the block. He helps out with shopping or goes to the laundry for older people here and he also carries out odd jobs now and then. Everyone had a good word to say about him and so he was always front of mind."
As the work progressed to upgrading kitchens and bathrooms in the block Emanuel Whittaker needed to find a suitably qualified tiler - and not surprisingly David's name came up again.
David successfully applied for the position and has now joined the company as a tiler where he is helping to carry out improvement work on his neighbours' properties at Black Friar Court.
David said "It's a great feeling to be back in work and especially doing work for my friends and neighbours! If I hear they need something like a run to the laundry or putting up a shelf I try to help out after work."
Sue Sutton, Salix Homes Director of Neighbourhoods and Customer Service said "We are thrilled that our home improvement work has benefited a local resident in more ways than one, and it's a real reward for David's initiative and commitment to the community.
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