A bright new Space in Plymouth
Published by Louise Manico for Plymouth Community Homes in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education
Apprentices working on the Space Centre in Plymouth
The Space Centre in Ernesettle, Plymouth is currently receiving a facelift thanks to staff at Plymouth Community Homes joined by apprentices from one of their contractors, Mitie.
The building needed a spruce up so while Mitie helped with the exterior, PCH's own employees got out the paintbrushes to smarten up the inside themselves.
Members of the Communities Team were joined by staff from the Ernesettle Housing Office, and volunteers from the YMCA and youth charity Barefoot.
Communities Worker Leigh Ferguson said: “This was a real case of joined up working to get everything looking good again. Once the outside work started we felt the interior needed some attention and the only way was to do it ourselves.
“Everyone benefits: Ernesettle gets a better space for the people living there and the agencies working there, PCH enjoy working together and it also helps the apprentices who get a chance to gain more experience and skill.”
John Orr, Head of Regeneration, said: “PCH actively encourages the commitment to creating apprenticeships in the construction industry. When the work is helping the community, that benefits everyone.”
Neil Kelman, Contracts Manager at Mitie, said: “Young people are often harshly judged but in our experience we have found that given the right opportunities, training and support young people very quickly become valid members of staff making a contribution to our success.”
Lee Price, 21, [pictured on step ladder] said: ”An apprenticeship was ideal for me. I get to earn money and learn a good trade. I’m studying for a NVQ Level 2 in painting and decorating with City College Plymouth. There’s lots to do and I enjoy it all.”
The community centre offers weekly youth sessions and activities for young people, including sport, film making, dance and sailing.