FOLLOWING the success of the previous Community Challenge in Yorkshire, Gleeson Homes is introducing the competition in Teesside for the first time.

This year the Community Challenge is bigger and better than ever with a makeover up for grabs worth a staggering £20,000.  

The Challenge will see a community-led group in Teesside offered the chance to win a makeover worth £20,000 for the renovation of their current premises, or the creation of new facilities, with Gleeson taking care of all the work.

The winners of the last Community Challenge, which was run in South Yorkshire, were Croft House Settlement in Sheffield who applied for a makeover of their kitchen facilities which are used by over 400 people per week.  

Derek Newman from Croft House explains: “As a charity funded organisation we always struggle to raise money for general maintenance and decorating.

“I applied for the Community Challenge in the hope that Gleeson could fit us a new kitchen, but we actually got so much more, it was amazing.”

Thanks to the generosity of suppliers and subcontractors Gleeson was also able to extend the makeover to the reception area of the centre, transforming it into an attractive and welcoming entrance.  

Ed Alder, Regional Director for Gleeson Homes said: “We came up with the idea of the Community Challenge as community groups are always telling us they are in desperate need of help so we decided to challenge ourselves to make a big change to people’s lives.

“I am delighted that this year we will be able to introduce the prize to the Teesside community!”

The Community Challenge is being run in conjunction with TFM’s 2017 faces campaign, which is raising funds for disabled and disadvantaged kids in Teesside through the Cash for Kids charity.

Gleeson specialises in buildings new homes which are priced to get first time buyers onto the property ladder.

Their current developments on Cargo Fleet Road and in Acklam and Eston have already proved a big hit with local buyers keen to quit the rent trap and buy their own home.

The Community Challenge competition is an opportunity for Gleeson to give back to the Teesside community.

Gleeson is now welcoming applications which cover any type of work and will benefit people of all ages, from renovating a kitchen to making a building suitable for disabled visitors or creating a sensory area for children.

The only rules are that the project is located in Teesside and the work must benefit the wider community.

The closing date for applications is Monday, May 1, 2017. Gleeson will then work closely with the chosen community group before undertaking all the work in July.