Toolstation has joined forces with its sister company Travis Perkins, the UK’s largest distributor of materials to the construction sector, to support social enterprise Volunteer It Yourself who help young people learn vocational skills and to refurbish a youth club in Rugby.
The partnership has transformed The Bradby Club in Rugby with artwork in partnership with female Midlands illustrator duo, Pickle Illustration. They have transformed the entrance through bold mural artwork and freshened up the appearance of all its interior spaces, all the paint was donated by Dulux.
The Bradby Club has been supporting the local community for over 100 years and works with young people and the community in the Rugby area and offers open access and specialist services, a range of daily physical activity sessions and learning and residential experiences.
The project has been match-funded by Think Active and Sport England, to help more local people participate in the range of physical activity on offer at The Bradby Club.
The initiative is helping young people learn vocational skills and to consider a career in the construction and building industry, whilst renovating a space they use. Toolstation is funding and helping the volunteers gain City & Guilds qualifications as part of its partnership with VIY. The project saw over 17 young volunteers between the ages of 14-20 pledge up to five days works on the project, with all participant being awarded a City & Guilds accreditation in Painting and Decorating.
John Robertson, Club leader at Bradby Youth Club, said: “People walking past didn’t know what we offered before. Now if you look at the club, inside, outside, everywhere, it is brighter and more inviting. People are going to know what we do from the new murals and signage. I anticipate a lot more young people walking past will be intrigued. Want to come in and then participate in the sessions and sports activities we run in this new, modern, welcoming space.”
Over the course of the three days, 15 colleagues from across the Travis Perkins Group also including Keyline, CCF and BSS have also volunteered to help redecorate the club, right on the doorstep of their Northamptonshire Head Office.
HR director at Toolstation, Jag Nagra, said: “For us, charity and community is about supporting others and making positive change happen in the communities where we live and work, and we are delighted to continue our support of the VIY team by helping create this fantastic space at Bradby Youth Club. This project will encourage young people to develop confidence and learn practical trade, building skills and earn a qualification.”
Members from the LEAP Apprenticeships & Early Careers team also gave a speech about careers and employability to some of the volunteers.
Volunteers from Travis Perkins, Margaret Ollerenshaw and Alison O’Connell, said: “the volunteers and I were really excited to be involved with this project, and had our paint brushes at the ready. We are really pleased to see how many Travis Perkins Colleagues have already registered their interest for future VIY projects we have coming up too.
“We are looking forward to supporting more projects over the coming months and we have had lots of interest from our colleagues.”
Toolstation and Travis Perkins plan on supporting a number of other VIY projects, who help young people gain qualifications, throughout the year and in 2023, setting a target of helping over 100 young people.