Airbus graduates complete two-day makeover challenge

Airbus graduates redecorate Patchway Community Centre.

A two-day makeover challenge by 32 Airbus graduates has given a new lease of life to Patchway Community Centre and Coniston Primary School.

Graduates were at Patchway Community Centre and put to work redecorating the main and small halls as the interior had become dilapidated through many years of use. It is hoped that the smart new interior will prove a hit with current users and attract many more members of the local community to use the centre.

At Coniston Primary School graduates last week helped to restructure the school playground and playing field to create a more interactive and fun space for the school children to play in. These renovations are expected to become very popular with the children when they return from their summer holidays in September.

Both of these projects are part of an Airbus initiative to support its graduates in volunteering in the local community, whilst developing the essential key skills needed for their future careers.

Will Furmedge, Airbus Aerospace Growth Partner graduate said:

“Airbus has a great track record of actively working with the community and we are really proud to be part of this. We really hope our endeavours will prove beneficial to all ages of the local community – and the team building skills we gained will also help us in our day to day work.”

Louisa Trueman from Patchway Community Centre said:

“It’s great to see young people from Airbus playing an active part in our local community. Our new space certainly looks much fresher and inviting and we are already receiving many positive comments. Without the Airbus graduates this would have been a huge financial expense, we are extremely grateful for their help!”

Cath Stabb, from Coniston Primary School commented:

“We are delighted to be working with Airbus on this great community project! When the children return in September they will be overjoyed with the work that has been done!”

A total of 25 individual Airbus graduates took part in the two-day project, which was organised through the Volunteer Centre for Patchway Filton and the Stokes (based at the Patchway Hub).

Taylors Estate Agents paid for the long-handled rollers needed to decorate the centre and local band The Rifftoads donated ladders and sheeting.

The Airbus graduates have promised to return to Patchway Community Centre for a fundraising event on Saturday 29th September, when the Rifftoads will be performing in the evening.

Airbus graduates dig out a  playarea at Coniston Primary School, Patchway.

Photo 1: Brushes at the ready, the Airbus Direct Entry Graduates (DEGs) who volunteered to redecorate Patchway Comminity Centre.

Photo 2: From left, Airbus DEGs Dave Ravenscroft, Ed Standing and Richard Pedler dig out a playarea for children at Coniston Primary School, Patchway.