Tesco gives energy boost to Build-it volunteers

Monday 9th September 2013

Branch of the Tesco supermarket is seen near Kennington gasworks in central London

Volunteers working on the Build-it community regeneration project, co-developed and delivered by Cospa and London Youth, have been boosted by the daily donation of food and drink supplies by the local Tesco superstore in Kennington.

Build-it involves young people and local tradespeople working together to repair and renovate empty, derelict properties. In the process, young people achieve building and trade skills qualifications and gain access to further training, work experience and apprenticeship opportunities with local employers.

Almost 50 young people and tradespeople have been involved as volunteers to date on the Build-it project in Kennington and according to Build-it Partnerships Manager Ben Whitehead: “It’s great to see Tesco helping to fuel volunteering and community regeneration in this way.”

Build-it was successfully piloted in Brixton at the end of 2012 and also featured on the recent Channel 4 series The Secret Millions. Now, with the backing of the Big Lottery Fund and in partnership with Lambeth Council and Lambeth College, it is being rolled out across Lambeth over two years, involving 40 properties, 1,500 young people and 400 trade skills mentors.

Cospa’s role on Build-it includes attracting the support of some of the UK’s top building companies and constractors and social housing organisations such as Keepmoat, Wates, Lambeth Living  and Metropolitan Housing. These supporting partners provide a range of opportunities and benefits to help enable and enhance the project, such as contributing employees as mentors and providing progression opportunities for Build-it ‘graduates’.

For more information go to www.build-itlambeth.org