Students from Walsall College recently took on a redecorating assignment at Walsall Arboretum’s cricket pavilion – leaving local community groups bowled over by their efforts.
Six painting and decorating students spent three days restoring the building interiors of the Orchard Pavilion so that it can be more widely used by local residents and organisations. The Walsall Arboretum User Group and the Walsall Volunteer Tree Wardens have been coordinating the building’s redevelopment plans.
Jackie Cocken, Chair of the Volunteer Tree Wardens said: “It was most reassuring to see the students employing traditional practical skills with such confidence and we are grateful to them for generously giving their time. This dilapidated building has received a new lease of life.
She continued: “It will be a pleasure for us to share this community facility with other groups looking for somewhere to come together or receive support services.
“Huge praise goes to the students for making all this possible.”
Paints and materials for the building’s refurbishment were donated to the students by Asda, Walsall.
Rachel Davies, Head of Foundation and Community Learning added: “Walsall College has recently invested in Community Development Officers who are focussing on enhancing our work with communities across the borough. Our aim is to work in partnership with other key organisations to remove barriers and unlock the potential in individuals for the benefit of themselves, their families and their wider circles.
“This project is a perfect example of how we have worked in collaboration with a community partner to improve facilities for local residents, as well as provide an excellent work experience opportunity for our students.”