Staff and regulars at the Arbourthorne Community Centre in Sheffield turned out in force to welcome their very own DIY-SOS team of professionals after the Centre won the golden ticket in a local company’s Community Challenge.

A team of professionals from JDP Contracting Services, a specialist roofline contractor that opened its second base in Sheffield employing 25 people in 2015, rolled up their sleeves to carry out vital roof repairs and refurbishment at the popular community centre.

They replaced worn and broken guttering and fascias, repaired leaks and refurbished toilet facilities damaged by the roof problems at the former Methodist Church.

The Challenge was backed by UK Steel Enterprise with £2,500 from its special fund that helps community projects in steel areas and UKSE staff from its Sheffield HQ helped the JDP team on the day. The Tata Steel business-support subsidiary made a six-figure investment into County Durham- based JDP Contracting to help finance its move into Sheffield and also backs its Community Challenges.

The Arbourthorne Centre is used by more than 200 people every week and provides a range of social activities, sports, crafts and IT clubs for young people to senior citizens.

The win not only gave it the professional team’s labour for a whole day free of charge but also all the materials necessary to complete the job.

John Wills, Chair of Directors at the Arbourthorne Centre, said: “We were delighted to win. The makeover could not have come at a better time, is a real boost for us and will benefit so many people. We had a wonderful day with a superb team of workers and it is great to see organisations choosing to give something back to the community in this way.”

Entries for the JDP Challenges come from a wide range of community groups and have included projects at village halls, a nature trail, petting zoo, churches and sports clubs.

Chris Hyde, Managing Director of JDP Contracting, said: “Everyone at the company sees our Challenge as a great opportunity to do something for the community and we are proud of the difference our teams can make.

“A lot of worthwhile causes entered but The Arbourthorne Centre stood out as it benefits so many people of all ages. We were also pleased that it operates in one of the areas where we already work replacing rooflines to social housing.

“We have an on-going business relationship with our investor UK Steel Enterprise and are very pleased that they choose to contribute to the Challenges as well. We are also grateful for the help given by SBS Roofing.”

Gordon Jamieson of UK Steel Enterprise said: “We are only too pleased to be able to help the Challenge. Our main activity is providing finance and other support for growing businesses but we also have this special fund available for projects that improve the quality of life for people living in our steel areas.

“We did support the Arbourthorne Centre ourselves back in 2010 with another refurbishment project so we know they do a lot for the local community and are a worthy winner. It has been good seeing everyone coming together today and working so hard in such a good cause.”

Details of UK Steel Enterprise’s support for business are on; JDP Contracting is on and the Arbourthorne Centre on


Pictured l-r:  Chris Hyde (JDP Contracting), John Wills (Chair of Directors Arbourthorne Community Centre), and Gordon Jamieson (UKSE) ...UKSE is supporting the JDP Contracting Community Challenge from its community fund. JDP is the largest specialist roofline contractor in the north and Arbourthorne Community Centre won the ‘golden ticket’ in their 2016 Challenge offering a makeover to a community building. The team is replacing fascia, gutters and leaking roof sections and refurbishing toilets that have suffered as a result of the roof problems. Pix: Shaun Flannery/ COPYRIGHT PICTURE>>SHAUN FLANNERY>01302-570814>>07778315553>>

Pictured l-r: Chris Hyde (JDP Contracting), John Wills (Chair of Directors Arbourthorne Community Centre), and Gordon Jamieson (UKSE)