Citygate Construction to Launch Housing Association Loneliness Scheme

Citygate Construction (CGC), based in Paisley, is set to launch a new initiative to help housing associations combat loneliness and isolation among their older tenants.

Starting at the beginning of next year, the ‘Afternoon Tea with CGC’ scheme will encourage housing associations and housing co-operatives in Scotland to apply for funding from CGC to host their own traditional afternoon teas – with the aim of providing companionship for those in later life.

Managing director Leo Reilly said the project is in keeping with CGC’s strong commitment to social justice.

He commented: “We remain committed to our social justice principles of helping communities where we can in innovative and worthwhile ways. Major business like ourselves must clearly understand the need to use our profitability to give something back.”

The announcement came as CGC announced it is on track to surpass £14 million in turnover this year.

The company said the record turnover figure had been boosted by securing a large number of contracts south of the border, with more in the pipeline after opening its inaugural English base in Preston.

Since spring this year, the 13 year old company has taken on more than 20 staff to boost the number to 123.

CGC has also given an undertaking that it is “100 per cent” committed to its apprenticeship programme to give young women and men a helping hand onto the employment ladder.

Currently there are eight apprentices with the firm – two of whom are adult apprentices in their 20s and 40s. Most remain with CGC on completion of their apprenticeships.

Leo Reilly added: “This has been a remarkable year for the business – much of this can be attributed to the commitment and hard work of our staff. Of great significance has been the contracts won south of the border in addition to our widespread activity in Scotland.

“We have won many orders across the United Kingdom thanks to a combination of good value, performance and our hard-won reputation.”


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