Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has come to the rescue of Emmanuel House, Nottingham’s support centre for homeless, vulnerable and isolated adults, after its boiler was condemned, leaving staff, residents and visitors without heating or hot water.
Nottingham City Homes is working with its suppliers to offer a new boiler and associated systems, much of it being provided at cost.
Emmanuel House provides its visitors with access to basic services, support and advice and offers social inclusion activities to help tackle isolation. The main aim of the organisation, which is a registered charity, is the prevention of and support out of homelessness.
NCH staff will be on site managing and supporting the installation, using the volunteering day that all staff get every year. Heating Engineers and Electricians from T&S Heating Ltd will install the boiler free of charge, Michael Pavis Ltd will supply the fittings, at cost price, and Vaillant will supply the flue and associated accessories and all other parts at cost
Delroy Beverley, Director of Construction, Repairs and Maintenance at Nottingham City Homes, said: “As soon as we heard about the irreparable boiler at Emmanuel House, we knew we needed to help them and we knew we had the contacts and expertise to get this sorted for them.
“The work they do in supporting people in this city is important and we want to work as quickly as possible to get the new boiler up and running so service users can enjoy a warm place to stay and get a hot shower.
“I would like to express an heartfelt thank you to my colleague Steve Cooper, NCH’s Head of Mechanical and Electrical Services who single handedly mobilised our wonderful partners, T&S Heating Ltd, Michael Pavis Ltd and Valliant Boilers for coming together to support Emmanuel House.” His leadership and determination is a testament to the hard work and commitment he demonstrates on a daily basis for the citizens and residents of Nottingham”
Denis Tully, Chief Executive Officer at Emmanuel House said “For our service users, a shower can be transformational. A chance to feel clean and fresh. The boiler is also crucial for the operation of our kitchen. We have a foot fall of between 60 and 90 people a day and serve over 13,000 meals a year. Without an operating boiler, this is incredibly hard for our chef and kitchen volunteers. And without heating, we are no longer able to provide a warm place for people to rest and to get the support they need.
“We’d like to thank Nottingham City Homes for their contribution to the project and for getting things moving so quickly. We are delighted that the work has already started on the boiler and that is down to the generosity and support of Nottingham City Homes’.”