Vista Panels has joined calls from a leading veteran’s charity for more employment opportunities and support from the fenestration industry for ex-servicemen and women.
The military charity, Walking with the Wounded helps vulnerable veterans to regain their independence through employment. The collaboration with Vista was initiated by the return of Prince Harry to ‘Veterans Village’, a new community in Manchester which the Prince helped to build for ex-military personnel and their families.
The highest profile charity support
In 2015, the charity partnered with BBC’s DIY SOS and both Princes Harry and William to transform Canada Street in Newton Heath from dilapidated, boarded-up houses into new homes for veterans. Vista were happy to donate several of their composite doors to the project and a team of fitters to help with the installation.
Gary Lamb, Associate Director for Walking with the Wounded North West commented on the success of the project:
“For many veterans, employment is a key factor in regaining independence after active service. The Manchester team has undertaken a significant amount of work to raise the awareness of veteran’s employment by looking to open routes to employment with local corporates and businesses, and establish training programmes and work experience which will benefit many in the future. The window and door industry is one sector where we are hoping to gain more awareness and champion ex-military personnel.”
Commercial Manager at Vista, John Pinder was equally positive saying:
“From directly supporting this project in Manchester, we were able to see how important returning to work is to ex-military staff and we urge the industry to consider former servicemen and women when recruiting and to make the Walking with the Wounded team aware of any training programs or routes to employment they may have.”
Prince Harry, who supports the charity as Expedition Patron, visited residents on Canada Street who are beginning to adjust to life as civilians. His Royal Highness also visited Sherpa House, which provides veterans with accommodation during their pathway back to independence.”
Professional composite door manufacturing
Founded in 1995, Vista Panels specialise in composite and uPVC panels and doors, producing the XtremeDoor, their best-in-class composite door. Last year, Vista was acquired by Eurocell, the UK’s leading manufacturer of uPVC products. Vista was also named ‘Panel and Composite Door Supplier of the Year’ at the prestigious National Fenestration Awards 2016.
For more information on how to help Walking with the Wounded, visit www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk or call 01263 863 900. For more information on Vista call 0151 608 1423 or visit www.vistapanels.co.uk