Wienerberger drops off final batch of supplies for Toxteth 'sweat equity' scheme

A charity ‘self build’ project in Liverpool has taken delivery of the last consignment of building materials donated to help make the housing scheme a reality.

Wienerberger dropped off the supplies for the construction of 32 homes nearing completion in Toxteth by charity Housing People, Building Communities (HPBC). To mark the occasion, the company’s director of marketing, Annette Forster paid a visit to meet the current and future residents.

HPBC’s project relies on the support of volunteers – including future homeowners and donations of money and materials to build the properties. The homes are available on a ‘sweat equity’ and shared ownership basis; future homeowners themselves work to help build the properties in return for a £10,000 discount on the cost of their new home. They then use a mortgage to purchase a percentage share in the home, with HPBC’s development partner Sanctuary Group retaining any equity in the properties and charging an affordable rent on that portion.

Since teaming up with HPBC in 2012, Wienerberger has donated 17,000 roof tiles, over 1,800 square meters of roof felt, around 10,000 engineering bricks and 132 packs of block paving which is 88,000 individual blocks. The company has also donated funds to the project, including fundraising for the 2014 BUPA Great Manchester Run and after being recognised by the CBME Safety Award Scheme and donating the prize money when the charity suffered a heart-breaking theft in 2015.

"Wienerberger has been involved with this project since 2012 and it has been humbling and rewarding to be involved with this fantastic initiative,” said Forster. “The focus and values on improving people's quality of life through affordable housing and community involvement resonated with our own values and it has been great to see this development grow into a vibrant community and gain worldwide support.

“It has been an honour to visit the site and meet some of the home partners whose lives will be improved as a result of this initiative. Liza Parry and Reverend Cannon Dr Shannon Ledbetter are inspirational leaders and there are many lessons that can be learnt from this project. Due to their passion and dedication the staff at Wienerberger and specifically John Christopher have gone the extra mile for three years and 32 families will benefit as a result. The humbling hugs from home partners made it all worthwhile.”

Liza Parry, HPBC’s chief executive, added: “From the donation of building materials, to the capital and the support we’ve received from the Wienerberger team over the last three years their partnership has been absolutely tremendous. Their support has saved us in the region of £43,000 and has helped make the dream of owning a home become a reality for so many.

“The HPBC home partners, volunteers, trainees and board of trustees are so grateful for their generosity, without which, this community project would have undoubtedly struggled to be completed.”

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