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    Home Park recreational and community centre, Lewisham

    As part of the Breyer Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) promise to Lewisham it needed to spearhead a social project that would help young people gain valuable experience to help gain employment, as well as focus on area’s of anti-social behavior.

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Home Park Youth Adventure Playground had been a target of the London riots in August 2011. The Breyer Group together with Lewisham Council agreed that it should be renewed so that it could reinstate its important role engaging children in the area with alternatives to gang play and anti-social behavior.

The effort was lead by the Breyer Group and in collaboration with Lewisham Council and Masher Brothers, the main sub-contractor for the project. The team were tasked with improving the facilities at Home Park Youth Adventure Playground that provides young people within the local area with a place to go, meet friends, engage with other young people and participate in activities that will keep them off the street and out of trouble.

Breyer’s contract with Lewisham meant that five days were to be put towards the project. Breyer went above and beyond that by contributing 12 days at no extra cost to Lewisham Council.
Three young volunteers from Lewisham took part in a structured refurbishment of a local community landmark that helps to keep children engaged and out of gangs.

During the refurbishment, the team of volunteers gained exposure to a variety of skills including painting, tiling, fitting kitchen units and domestic plumbing, which may spur them to pursue a career in Construction via an apprenticeship. The clubhouse was painted inside and out and Breyer also provided new kitchen units.

Lloyd Nugent, Senior Play Worker &Manager at the centre said: “In order to re-paint they would have to completely close the centre and they simply do not have the man power, let alone finances to cover paint, tiles, and a new kitchen. The centre really needed the face-lift and the previous kitchen was dire. The experience of working alongside experienced tradesmen for the volunteers has been useful and will give them a taste of working life”.

Martin Clinch (19yrs), a resident of Lewisham had visited the centre for almost 12years. Now, unemployed he found the initiative very useful and was able to get new skills that may help him get an apprenticeship as a Painter and Decorator.