Carpentry project improves playground


Christ the King College in Newport has renovated its playground, thanks to a volunteering programme between home improvement retailer, Wickes, and social enterprise VIY (Volunteer It Yourself).

A first for Wickes and VIY, 60 students from Years 8, 9 and 10 completed a carpentry project over three days. The project improved an outdoor playground by building and painting new seating areas, including benches made out of recycled tyres, as well as creating planters.

The programme was supported by the Wickes stores in Fareham, which donated all the tools and materials required, together with covering the cost of professional tradespeople to act as mentors on the ground.

Alan Dalton, Lead VIY Mentor said: “It’s been fantastic to work on our first project on the beautiful Isle of Wight. The new outdoor playground looks fantastic and it’s been great to work with the students who have all been extremely driven on this task. Plus they’ve all developed skills they’ll be able to use in the future.”

Eimear Fitzgerald, Head of Careers, at Christ the King College said: “We’ve been delighted to be the first project for VIY and Wickes on the Isle of Wight. We’re really grateful for all their help creating a lovely new outdoor space for students and teachers to enjoy. It’s also given these students a chance to learn practical skills they wouldn’t usually learn in the classroom.”