Barratt East London help refurbish Place2Be counselling space at Honilands Primary School

The Barratt Foundation, Barratt East London and children’s mental health charity Place2Be have refurbished a cabin used for delivering counselling services to students, parents and teachers, and have created a wellbeing garden at Honilands Primary School in Enfield.

To mark the completion of the refurbishment work, local MP for Enfield Feryal Clark attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school where she was joined by representatives from the Barratt Foundation, Barratt East London, Place2Be and the suppliers and subcontractors who worked on the project. The cabin was used by the school for mental health support services including one-to-one counselling, with over 100 sessions held in it last year alone. But it urgently required upkeep and repair, plus the garden had become overgrown and needed tidying.

Through the Barratt Foundation’s national partnership with Place2Be, the East London Division of Barratt Homes helped to transform the cabin and garden so they could again be used by the charity to support the mental health of the whole school community. Using Barratt subcontractors and suppliers the team painted and refurbished the exterior of the cabin, fitted a plush new interior and even built a storage shed next to it.

MP for Enfield Feryal Clark, said: “It was brilliant to attend Honilands School with Place2be and take part in the opening of a new therapy room. This will provide pupils with space to express their feelings and manage their mental health in school. The amazing work by Place2Be ensures that everyone feels safe, healthy, and can learn together. I can’t wait to come back and see the progress soon.”

Stephen Thompson, managing director of Barratt East London, said: “When we heard about this volunteering opportunity we just had to get behind it. We mobilised our employees and supply chain and used our company volunteering days to get all the work done. The work Place2Be does is so important, we had to support the mental health of the children at Honilands Primary School and we are really pleased with how everything now looks.”