Aspire helps the Vine Day Centre move to new premises

17 Dec 12

Aspire Defence helps the Vine Day Centre move to new premises

Vine Centre 

At the official opening of the new Vine Centre are (front row, l-r) Simon Welsh, HQ Aldershot Garrison; David Mander, ADSL; Peter Caddock, ADCW; Libby Halford, The Vine; Sian Doocey, ADCW; Mags Mercer, The Vine; Kate Ryan, The Vine (back row, l-r) Chris Dooley, ERF; Roger Boor, ISG; Alan Kemp, ADCW; Rhod McGregor, ADCW; Yvette Dean, The Vine.


Aspire Defence has helped an essential care service move into newly refurbished and furnished premises in Aldershot.

The Vine Day Centre, a charity which assists vulnerable and homeless adults in the Rushmoor area aims to reduce social isolation, enable change and improve quality of life.  It provides services such as counselling, literacy and numeracy, as well as hot meals and refreshments.  In the past, the Centre has been operating from a church hall on the outskirts of Aldershot and needed to move into its own facility which will enable it to be closer to the heart of the community.  However, the new premises were in need of a makeover before becoming suitable for service delivery.

Aspire Defence and a number of its contractors donated materials to help with the refurbishments of the building which have included newly plastered and painted walls and ceilings plus new doors fitted throughout.  The temporary kitchen area has a new hot water urn, microwave/grill/oven and kettle to help provide soup, sandwiches and cups of tea for those seeking help and support.  New office furniture and comfortable seating provide discreet areas for the Centre’s staff and volunteers to provide counselling services for their clients. 

“The Vine Day Centre is the only provision of its kind within the Rushmoor area,” explains Sian Doocey, Buyer at Aspire Defence. “It has moved locations to become more accessible to the community but the new building required a lot of work to ensure it was habitable.  We were delighted to help and pleased that so many of our suppliers wanted to be involved.  Our thanks go to ISG, Houston Cox, Godfrey Syrett, Commercial, Millbrook Furnishing Industries, ERF and Dulux for being so generous with their time, materials and donations.”

In officially opening the newly occupied building, Libby Halford, Chair of Trustees for the Vine Day Centre said, “Aspire and their suppliers have made a huge contribution to the welfare of homeless people in Rushmoor.  By donating materials, furniture and equipment to The Vine, they have enabled us to provide a first class facility from which to offer support, training and a sustainable future for the most vulnerable in our community.  We would like to thank them all very much indeed."


Notes to editors:

Aspire Defence Limited

Aspire Defence Limited is a joint venture between Carillion (17.5%), KBR (45%), InfraRed (5%) and Innisfree (32.5%).  Aspire Defence Capital Works (construction) and Aspire Defence Services (FM) are both 50:50 joint ventures between Carillion and KBR.

Aspire Defence Limited was awarded the MoD’s largest infrastructure PFI contract for Project Allenby/Connaught in March 2006.  Since then it has successfully delivered against an ambitious eight year programme of redevelopment alongside services delivery that will last 35 years and is worth some £8 billion.  Aspire Defence will deliver and maintain 11,800 single en-suite bedrooms together with dining centres and new facilities such as theatres and community centres, supporting the changing needs of the Army for more than 18,700 military personnel in four garrisons across Salisbury Plain and Aldershot.

Materials and items donated to the Vine Day Centre include:

  • Aspire Defence – desks, chairs, filing cabinets, etc
  • ISG – plasterboard materials
  • Houston Cox – doors and ironmongery
  • Godfrey Syrett – bookcase, 4-drawer filing cabinet, 3xlow tables
  • Commercial – Henry hoover and paper shredder
  • ERF – hot water urn, combined microwave/grill/oven, kettle
  • Millbrook Furnishing Industries Ltd – settee
  • Dulux - paint

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