Volunteers from The Midcounties Co-operative swapped their day jobs to go into action and brighten-up a meeting room at a Swindon community centre.
The 20-strong group from the member-owned retailer’s convenience stores took on the challenge at the Broadgreen Community Centre in Salisbury Street where they painted the ceiling, walls and woodwork of the youth meeting room.
District Manager Mark Corbett, who led the team, said: “We had managers and deputy managers there from stores in Swindon and Cheltenham joining in, including ones local to the centre. We held a meeting first and then got to work painting. It was good fun and everyone enjoyed it.
“As a co-operative business we believe in forming strong links to the areas we serve and helping local organisations. We were pleased to help Broadgreen and hope to give further support in the future.”
Redecoration will provide fresh impetus for activities
The community centre serves a diverse community but it requires refurbishment and redecoration. It is hoped the redecoration of the youth meeting room will provide fresh impetus for activities there.
Cllr Bob Wright, Councillor for Central Ward, said: “We are delighted to see improvements to the community centre. Working in partnership with Midcounties is a positive thing which will benefit all the users of the centre and we look forward to continuing the relationship to see further improvements to the community centre and seeing what other opportunities that there might be for local residents.”
Extensive colleague volunteer programme
Midcounties has an extensive colleague volunteer programme that takes on all types of challenges, to help not only local people and organisations but also the participants to develop personally and as a team. Each colleague can spend up to three days a year on volunteering activity as part of their paid work time.
Pictured: Midcounties Co-operative managers and community centre staff at the challenge with Team Leader Mark Corbett in the centre holding the roller brush.