Apprentices get hands dirty at Legacy Rainbow House

A team of 24 apprentices from the BAE Systems' Training Centre in Preston recently undertook three days of maintenance work at the Legacy Rainbow House

A team of 24 apprentices from the BAE Systems' Training Centre in Preston recently undertook three days of maintenance work at the Legacy Rainbow House

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The Legacy Rainbow House is calling on companies to consider involving staff in volunteering team-working projects to support the charity’s work.

A team of 24 apprentices from the BAE Systems’ Training Centre in Preston recently undertook three days of maintenance work at the Legacy’s centre in Mawdesley, and the charity would like to invite other firms to get on board too.

“We believe it is important for all our apprentices to have an understanding of what goes on in the local community and to give something back”

Tim Masterson, trainer and assessor at BAE Systems Training Centre

The apprentices’ work included paving, turfing, painting, repairing outdoor furniture and play equipment and creating a sand pit.

Hayley Scholes, development manager at the Rainbow House, said: “The apprentices have been a massive help to us – they worked brilliantly together as a team and managed to get through so many tasks we estimate they have saved the charity around £12,000.

“They were committed and enthusiastic and the charity is truly grateful for everything they have done.”

Tim Masterson, trainer and assessor at BAE Systems Training Centre, said: “In their first year of a four-year apprenticeship, and as part of the NVQ in engineering, our 70 apprentices are involved in a particular community project.

“We work with local charities to find ways we can support them and Legacy Rainbow House identified that it needed help with outdoor maintenance which was ideal for our apprentices.

“We believe it is important for all our apprentices to have an understanding of what goes on in the local community and to give something back.

“We want them to make a difference to the lives of people who are disadvantaged in some way. By doing this, we feel our apprentices can become more developed people with a social conscience.

“Legacy Rainbow House is a wonderful local charity which makes a real difference to the lives of local children with disabilities and their families and as a company we are proud to support the charity.”

Apprentice Giovanni Mura said said of the volunteering experience: “It’s good to give back to the community, especially to a fantastic organisation like the Legacy Rainbow House.”

Joe Dimeck added: “It was enjoyable putting skills I’ve learnt to do some good and help a deserving charity.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering schemes with Legacy Rainbow House, call 01704 823276 or email info@thelegacy-rainbowhouse.com.