Ivor visits Kensington kids

Kensington Children’s Centre and Kensington Primary School, Liverpool

12th March 2012

Ivor Goodsite joined Galliford Try Construction Ltd on their visit to Kensington Children’s Centre at Life Bank, Liverpool, and Kensington Primary School to warn pupils about the dangers of playing on or near construction sites.

Over the course of two days, Ivor saw approximately 1,000 children with ages ranging from two to 12 years, as well as teachers and parents. The event marks the start of an ongoing community project being undertaken by housebuilding and construction company Galliford Try, in conjunction with the work being carried out at Kensington Health Centre.

The children were asked to identify the dangers they see every day as well as the measures used to keep them safe. Ivor launched a safety poster competition which will be judged in the next few weeks, with the winning posters being used to brighten up the hoardings around the new health centre.

Ivor received a surprise himself on the day when the children from Kensington Nursery at Life Bank presented him with a thank you poster depicting the new path which Galliford Try donated labour and materials to build and improve access to the centre.

The children watched the builders at work and have undertaken a building project on display in the nursery about their new path.

Bob Merriman, Managing Director of Galliford Try’s northern office, said:
“Community involvement is always a key part to any development we undertake and is particularly important to the current project in Kensington.
“By involving the local children we hope to make them aware of the dangers of construction sites but also give them an insight into what we do and maybe even set some of them of on the path to become the builders of the future.”


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.