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Engineers help charity spruce up building and garden on Walney

Published on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Categorised under: Work , Apprentices, Community, Engineering, GSK, Stay

Engineers from GSK Ulverston supported young disabled people by volunteering to help a charity spruce up its building and garden.

A team got to work revamping YouthAbility’s Walney Community Centre by taking on a range of DIY and gardening activities.

This is the second time the team have used their Orange Volunteering Day to support YouthAbility, a Leonard Cheshire Disability inclusive youth group.

The engineers rolled up their sleeves, pulled down trees and created more open space in the garden. They also made a new ball pit and soft play area for disabled and non-disabled young people to enjoy. Finally they spruced up the centre by repainting walls.

Les McLeese, team leader for YouthAbility, said: “The work GSK has done helps us to redevelop the building, which makes it more usable and accessible for all members of the community.”

Craig McCormack, one of the volunteers from GSK, said: “I feel good that we’ve helped to improve the facilities for the children and young people who attend the centre.”

Fellow volunteer Leigh Atkinson said: “I loved seeing my colleagues working together as a team. I enjoyed seeing the jobs being completed and knowing that we have made a difference to the community.”

YouthAbility provides inclusive youth services across south Cumbria, including in Barrow and Kendal, and works with more than 100 young people every week. It offers a wide range of activities, youth work sessions trips and residential experiences to young people who often cannot access other clubs in the area.

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