Ivor Goodsite visits Jehu Project Services sites in Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales

Vale of Glamorgan

16 and 21 October 2015

Two schools in neighbouring villages in the rural Vale of Glamorgan, near Cardiff in South Wales were delighted to receive visits from Ivor Goodsite at the end of October as part of a series of community activities coming out of the partnership between Jehu and local housing association, Newydd Housing.

Ivor’s first outing was at St Athan Primary School on Friday 16 October, where he was part of a Health and Safety awareness presentation by Bernie Mark, CSR & training Coordinator for Jehu. The primary school is close to a Jehu Project Services site, where 23 affordable homes are being built for Newydd Housing.

The children from Years 3 & 4 ( aged 7-9) heard about site safety through the Ivor Goodsite PowerPoint presentation and then were introduced to Ivor himself who then ‘participated’ in a short question and answer session before having his photo taken with the group and delivering plenty of ‘hi-fives’ to the children!

In a follow on project , children from Year 6 visited the nearby site to see the health and safety issues on site, tackle the ‘Ivor Goodsite wordsearches’ and to hear about innovative safety features on the site such as sprinkler systems. 

The following week, Ivor travelled 2 miles down the road to the town of Llantwit Major where Bernie Mark CSR Coordinator at Jehu introduced him to the local school community at St Illtyds Primary School . The school is next door to an affordable housing project , also being developed by Newydd Housing .

Jehu has developed good relations with the school and there has already been an introductory talk from the Alyn , Site Manager plus support for the school Healthy Growing and Eating programme. Ivor and Bernie attended an assembly which included the whole school. Bernie delivered a health and safety information talk which also covered information about the new building whilst Ivor ‘answered’ questions and then had photos taken with the children . following this, the Headteacher Mr Hardy invited children to take part in a mini competition to design a Health and Safety poster. The winners will receive vouchers and their class will be the first group to visit the site.

The posters will be displayed in the site office.


Useful resources

As part of your visit you may want to access or download resources to support you, including a school presentation or Child Protection Guidance template.

Costume hire

Industry mascots Ivor and Honor Goodsite can be hired to attend construction-related events to engage with children and encourage safety on site. Find out more about how you can hire the costume characters and promote a positive image of the industry.