Community
Published: November 13, 2017
Community
Published: November 13, 2017

Employee Volunteers Show Off Shildon

In Shildon, UK, PPG volunteers have been busy transforming tired looking community landmarks to help reenergise the local area. Projects spanned from independent charitable community schemes to COLORFUL COMMUNITIES™ projects, which took place at a local cricket club and healthcare centre.

First used in 1850, the cricket field has remained an important landmark to the local community. However, due to its charitable roots, the local community were unable to provide significant maintenance costs and it has been reliant on donations from the wider public.

With the assistance of two other local charities, 15 fantastic PPG volunteers from the local PPG Shildon Aerospace site, dedicated 96 hours to redecorating the space and used 25 litres of JOHNSTONE'S paint, transforming the grounds' exteriors.

The second Colorful Communities project took place at a local healthcare facility that houses a multidisciplinary team to provide dedicated care for vulnerable people in the community. Struggling on a small budget, the facility had created a therapy garden that was in need of a make-over. The garden had been left undecorated and wasn't very inspiring.

The PPG volunteering team gathered with community members to improve the garden and accent the already wonderful work done by the green-fingered locals, who volunteer to keep the garden flourishing all year round. Volunteers focused on decorating the planters and the cinder block raised beds, creating an idyllic and peaceful garden for everyone to enjoy.

Going beyond Colorful Communities projects

The PPG Shildon volunteers do not stop at official PPG projects either. They have worked hard to collect goods for the local food bank and provide specialist paint coatings for other town landmarks such as the beloved town arches that had been allowed to deteriorate.

Overall the feedback from the community is extremely positive. The PPG volunteers have made a name for themselves and continue to have a fantastic and unforgettable impact on the spirited town of Shildon.