TJ donates skip to Rose Road improvement projects

TJ Waste has donated a skip to assist with outdoor space improvements being undertaken at the Rose Road Association. The project, which has been ongoing throughout June and July, involved making improvements to two respite gardens, which are highly-valued and widely-used by the Rose Road guests.

The success of these projects were largely down to the New Forest V Dub Club who helped transform the Acorns (under 18s) respite garden ready for summer. They weeded the beds and patios, planted plant boxes and added some bright sensory decorations for the young people to enjoy. New artworks were also installed along the fencing, completed by a volunteer artist.

The Club also helped clear some of the gardens at the front of the building and the outdoor planters by the Hut, and began work on the Oaks (adults) respite outdoor space by removing the old astroturf and rubber flooring. This is in preparation for a planned project to completely redevelop the area to create a more interactive and sensory space.

The Rose Road Association is a charity that makes a positive difference to the lives of young people with disabilities. It provides direct care services including respite breaks, community outreach, holiday activities and advice for over 300 children and young adults with severe physical disabilities, learning difficulties, and/or autism. Based in Southampton, they also work across Hampshire and the surrounding counties and have been providing these services for 70 years.

TJ has been supporting Rose Road for ten years, ever since TJ’s Managing Director John Gosling became aware of the great work they do. During this time John, a keen sportsman, has undertaken many sponsored sporting events in aid of Rose Road, raising around £8,000 for them.

In addition to that, TJ Waste has also raised money for Rose Road as a company. We make donations to various fundraisers and provide skips free of charge when they’re needed. Last autumn we provided a skip to help with a landscaping project being undertaken to make one of the buildings they use more accessible for wheelchair users.

Last spring we pledged £300 to Rose Road’s Big Give Project, which in turn went on to generate a total of £6,000 from community donations. The project was launched last year to support the mental health of the children and young people under their care in the wake of the COVID lockdowns. The money has enabled the charity to re-integrate their young people into the community and to regain skills they lost during that time of isolation.

TJ Waste General Manager Luke Haskell said: “We’ve built a strong partnership with Rose Road over the years and think the work they do is amazing. They’re continually undertaking projects to improve the facilities they provide for their guests and we’re happy to assist in any way we can to help these projects run smoothly.”

Beth Rogers, Senior Fundraising Manager at Rose Road said: “We’re so grateful to TJ Waste for all of their support over the years. We’re very grateful to the whole team for all of their support, from providing us with skips to always taking part in our triathlons and helping us out at events, they are so supportive. We’re very grateful to everyone who has helped us to get our gardens ready for our busy summer period and we’re very excited to get going on our Oaks garden project as soon as we have finished raising the funds.”

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Luke Haskell
26 July 2023