December 9 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
A west Norfolk college has lent a helping hand in a bid to renovate a school.
Members of staff from the Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Bircham Newton construction college volunteered to help renovate North Wootton Pre-School.
As part of the work the team of eight volunteers are repainting boards, a shed and a gazebo as well as laying shingle and weeding the grounds.
The project has been organised by account manager Sophie Barnard as part of a series of corporate responsibility projects.
“We’ve provided all the materials ourselves apart from the shingle which we had to buy in,” she said. “There are eight volunteers who have given up their time and we are repainting the gazebo as well as some boards and the shed and we’ve been weeding and just generally tidying the place up.
“Obviously the staff don’t have the time to do all of these things and they struggle for volunteers.
“We wanted to help schools in CITB’s catchment area. We have employees from a huge area and we wanted to make the project local to some of them.
“It means they can give back to their communities. We’ve had good support from the college; everyone has had to give up working hours and they have supplied us with materials.”
The project is one of a number of projects that CITB plans to carry out throughout the year. Other projects include renovating Sedgeford Pre-school as well as the building of a games area at the CITB site.
Sharon Manning, 62, manager at North Wootton Pre-School, said: “We think the volunteers are wonderful.
“It is very useful to have the help because we are a charity which a lot of people don’t realise.
“This will have saved us a lot of money which we can now spend on materials for the children.
“We received a grant from Norfolk County Council for the gazebo but now we have to maintain it.
“If it wasn’t for the volunteers we would have to pay somebody to do it.”