Cumbria engineers support young disabled people

12 April 2017

Volunteers working in the gardenEngineers from Ulverston swapped their equations for paint brushes to support young disabled people at YouthAbility, the Leonard Cheshire Disability inclusive youth group in Cumbria.

GlaxoSmithKline’s engineering team revamped YouthAbility’s Walney Community Centre, taking on a range of DIY and gardening activities.

Les McLeese, team leader for YouthAbility, said:

‘The work GlaxoSmithKline have done helps us to redevelop the building, which makes it more usable and accessible for all members of the community.’

The engineers rolled up their sleeves, pulled down trees and created more open space in the garden.

They also made a new ball pit and soft play area for disabled and non-disabled young people to enjoy. Finally they spruced up the centre by re-painting walls.

Craig McCormack, one of the volunteers from GlaxoSmithKline said:

‘I feel good that we’ve helped to improve the facilities for the children and young people who attend the centre.’

Leigh Atkinson, another one of the volunteers, said:

‘I loved seeing my colleagues working together as a team. I enjoyed seeing the jobs being completed and knowing that we have made a difference to the community.’

This is the second time the team have used their Orange Volunteering Day to support YouthAbility.

YouthAbility currently provides inclusive youth services across south Cumbria, including in Kendal and Barrow-in-Furness and works with over 100 young people every week.

It offers a wide range of activities, youth work sessions trips and residential experiences to young people who often cannot access other clubs in the area. 

The service relies heavily on volunteers to help deliver the vital services they provide.

Not only can volunteers get involved in working with the young people at the youth clubs, they can also take part in a wide range of opportunities available at the centre to maintain the building and the gardens. 

Whether someone has a few hours each week or month to spare, Leonard Cheshire Disability welcomes volunteers who are seeking an enjoyable and rewarding experience.  

To find out more please email Helen Towers or call 01539 735 735.

All new Leonard Cheshire Disability volunteers complete induction training, which can be delivered as an e-learning package to fit around other commitments.

Further training may include interactive workshops, team building day and group discussions, all designed to provide new participants with the skills and confidence needed to work with disabled people.

Media enquires

For further media enquiries please email Claire Farrell or call 020 3242 0204. Out of hours: 07903 949 388. General press office number: 020 3242 0399.

For information about YouthAbility please email Joshua McLeod or call 01539 739 478.