Toolstation has joined forces with its sister company, Travis Perkins, to support social enterprise Volunteer It Yourself to help transform Centrepoint in Cricklewood, North London – Centrepoint is a renowned charitable organisation dedicated to providing homeless young people with essential services.
The project includes the repair of existing kitchen units, the replacement and regrouting of tiles, and the addition of practical elements including breakfast bars and extra storage shelving, all to create more inspiring kitchen areas to help rebuild healthier lives. In addition, the project includes a comprehensive painting effort to refresh and rejuvenate the walls, skirting, architraves, and doors that have seen plenty of wear and tear over the years.
James Mackenzie, managing director from Travis Perkins 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’re delighted to continue our support of the latest VIY project. We’re looking forward to supporting more projects over the coming months and we’ve had lots of interest from our colleagues.
“It’s a great opportunity for Travis Perkins to be able to help and support where they can through supplying materials, volunteering and working collaboratively with our Group businesses.”
The project saw 15 young volunteers between the ages of 14-21 collectively pledge up to 18 days work, with all participants being awarded a City & Guilds accreditation in Carpentry and/or Painting & Decorating.
Greg Richardson, head of marketing at Toolstation added: “At Toolstation, we believe that supporting the community involves creating positive change where it’s needed most. Partnering with VIY means we can help improve living conditions and share valuable skills with the young volunteers from Centrepoint and the local area.
“We believe that this project will encourage young people to develop confidence and learn practical trade and building skills and to consider a career in the trade.”
This partnership between Travis Perkins, Toolstation, VIY and Centrepoint is a testament to their shared commitment to making a lasting impact on the community, and boosting skills and work-readiness for young people not in education, training or employment.