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Apprentices pick up paint brushes to help local charity

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Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Education and also in Communities, Health, Housing

Apprentices pick up paint brushes to help local charity Apprentices pick up paint brushes to help local charity

People receiving support from Lincoln Integrated Domestic Abuse Services (LIDAS – formally Lincoln Women’s Aid) will have spruced up accommodation, thanks to help from the City ofLincoln Council’s apprentices.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week (6th to 10th February), the young apprentices are donning overalls and taking up paint brushes to revamp one of the LIDAS rooms.  Business Administration and craft apprentices will pull together with representatives from the council’s partners Kier and Aaron Services to refresh the room.

Jewson, courtesy of Dulux, will provide all materials free of charge, and Lindum Waste will dispose of any waste materials, as well as lending a helping hand with the decoration.

Later in the week, the apprentices have organised a dress down day and cake sale at City Council sites, with all proceeds going towards LIDAS.  This is an annual event at the council, with apprentices raising around £1,000 for charities over the last two years, including Lincoln Alzheimer’s Association and the Nomad Trust. 

Jen Teague, has been a Business Administration apprentice at the City Council since September 2010 and has helped to organise the activities for Apprenticeship Week.  She said: “Working with LIDAS is a real positive for the Apprenticeship Scheme – it gives us invaluable experience of working with some of the most vulnerable members of our community and means we can put our development and training into practice." 

Kier regional managing director for maintenance, Simon Bullen, said: “We are delighted to support the LIDAS charity which helps women who have been affected by domestic violence. We hope the improvements will help to provide a safe and secure environment for victims to receive all the help they need.

Jane Newman, Work Based Learning Officer at the City of Lincoln Council, said: “Opportunities like this for partnership working, volunteering and fundraising to support the local community needs are excellent. They provide apprentices with development, skills and experience as well as raising awareness of public sector team work.”

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