Mix96 Community Challenge
We love to work with our partners, other local charities and businesses to support our communities and improve lives.
Since 2013, we have partnered Mix 96 for the Community Challenge. People were invited to nominate community facilities that would benefit from our building and repairs skills.
Over the years, we've worked on an amazing array of projects, helping hundreds of people enjoy some much-improved facilities. We couldn't have done it without the many contractors who take part, creating some wonderful transformations.
The 2017-18 winner Puzzle Preschool
Sensory garden for children with autism and communication disorders
The Puzzle Centre in Middle Claydon wanted us to carry out repairs and cleaning to their garden.
Puzzle provides best practice early-years intervention for young children with communication and autism spectrum disorders. The garden is an important part of their activities, allowing children to practise motor skills and communication, or just get some space to reduce anxieties.
As well as repairing fencing and soft play flooring, building a shelter and carrying out essential gardening works, along with our contractors, we were able to provide some new outdoor play toys for the children to enjoy.
We even left them with a donation in case there was anything we had forgotten.
We officially opened the event with a garden party in May 2018 – there was cake, bubbles (blown, not in a glass!) and lots of laughter!
Read what Mix 96 had to say about this challenge.
The 2016-17 winner Edlesborough Scout Hut
They asked for new heating and got a full refurbishment!
The 2016 Community Challenge winners - the 1st Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Scout Group - needed a lot of work doing to their Scout Hut and after tirelessly fundraising to replace their roof, the heating was condemned and the site needed a lot of TLC.
We know how important the group is in the local community, so we called our friends TSG Building Services, who were very kind to offer their help.
TSG Building Services installed a brand new boiler and heating system, for free, in time for Christmas. The boiler, kindly donated by Worcestor Bosch, and heating system, donated by TSG Building Services; mean that the scout hut is now lovely and warm all year-round.
But we didn't stop there.
Travis Perkins Managed Services provided new windows and doors, built specifically for the scout hut. They were fittled by Herts Property Services, who also fitted new soffits and fascias, and gave the whole place a lick of paint inside and out. id verde tidied up the garden too.
The 2015-16 winner Stocklake Park School
Outdoor improvements for Aylesbury School
In September 2015 Mix 96 announced live on air that Stocklake Park School (including Harding House) and the school charity MASKS, were the deserved winners for the 2016 Mix96 Community Challenge.
Andrew Rysdale, our Assistant Director of Property, said:
‘The Mix 96 Community Challenge receives many great and worthwhile applications each year. Each one of them are worthy winners, so it is very hard to choose just one.’
The transformation has been completed, so take a look at the photographs on the Mix96 website.
Once the winners had been announced, Andrew along with members of his team met with Gill Mullis, Head of School, to go through the schools wish list.
‘The transformation will make a huge difference to all our students as it will give them access to wide-ranging activities throughout the year.
‘Support from local businesses and the community is really important to us as equipment for children who have a number and range of special and sensory needs is very expensive. We are extremely grateful for all the help we receive.’
The 2014-15 winners Rainbow Totz and The Gap Youth Group
A new kitchen for youth groups at Southcourt
Rainbow Totz and The Gap Youth Group based at Aylesbury Vale Community Church were the proud winners of the second Community Challenge in 2014/15 and received a newly refurbished kitchen area; vital to the operation of the two groups. The kitchen was opened with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party.
The 2013-14 winner Pebblebrook School
An Urban Farm for Pebblebrook School
The first ever Community Challenge in 2013/14 transformed an unused area at the back of the Pebblebrook School, Aylesbury into an urban farm, complete with chickens and rabbits. The farm was even integrated into the pupils’ curriculum, providing them with the opportunity to gain a qualification.