Photo courtesy of Major Peter Norton, GC
Returning home can be a difficult time for an injured soldier, especially when what they need from their home has changed. The Ministry of Defence are currently overseeing a project with the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA). SC Architecture working with the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (SERFCA) and other RFCAs are making this transition easier by funding adaptations for their homes. ecodek is pleased to announce they have been working closely with SC Architecture to provide the garden decking for the soldiers’ homes.
When a soldier returns home with an injury, they are eligible to receive compensation from the Ministry of Defence to have modifications made to their home. In order to get the specifications for each project right, an occupational therapist will visit the soldier’s house and carry out an initial report based on the soldier’s injuries. The occupational therapist then makes recommendations for each individual on a case-by-case basis. SC Architecture creates a Schedule of works and drawings to issue to tender for the work based on these recommendations.
The modifications range in size from alterations to smaller rooms in the house such as bathrooms up to full property renovations depending on need. The inclusion of ecodek in these projects allow soldiers to spend quality time in the outdoor spaces of their homes while being assured of the highest safety and environmental standards.
Many of the soldiers that have received funding for modifications have recently taken part in the Invictus Games that were hosted in London on September 10-14 earlier this month. The games featured over 400 competitors from 13 countries, all of whom are members of their nation’s Armed Forces and have suffered life-changing injuries during their time in service. The soldiers competed in Athletics, Wheelchair Rugby, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Indoor Rowing, Road Cycling, Sitting Volleyball, Powerlifting and Swimming. The word “Invictus” means “unconquered” which is something these men and women prove every day.
One of the soldiers that have had an ecodek deck installed is Major Peter Norton, GC. He had this to say about his deck:
“Accessibility and safety were vitally important not only to me but also to my family, when we were considering adaptations to our home. I’m really pleased with the finished product; it’s wheelchair safe giving grip even when it’s wet, as well as being stylish and clean. I am now able to access areas of my home that were previously out of bounds. It’s fantastic.”
– Major Peter Norton, GC
This is what SC Architecture and ecodek have to say about the project:
“We have found that ecodek provides a product like no other offered in the market. It provides a no-slip, no maintenance board that looks like real wood and gives value for money.”
– Mike Sandhu, Architectural Technician, SC Architecture
“Here at ecodek we feel privileged to have been chosen to supply our British manufactured deck boards for the improved garden spaces for the brave men and women who have served our country. We believe that ecodek will provide the soldier with a safe and very low maintenance garden area which will be long lasting and versatile enough to suit the needs of all the family.”
– Alex Collins, Director, ecodek
To read more about the slip resistant properties of ecodek, visit the Non Slip Decking page.
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