Trainees from Everton in the Community help to repair facilities at the Rhys Jones Community Centre

TRAINEES from Everton in the Community rolled up their sleeves to repair facilities at the Rhys Jones Community Centre in Liverpool.

Volunteers from the UK’s fastest-growing regeneration business joined forces with Everton in the Community to help repair a portacabin at the Rhys Jones Community Centre. Everton in the Community’s trainees turned what was previously a leaking storage units into a functional classroom ready to educate and develop local residents.

The centre first opened in 2013 to bring together the community with other organisations to create a long-lasting change in the Croxteth area. The centre, set up in honour of  Ryhs Jones adopts his love of football to make a difference, using its several football pitches to host summer sport camps. There is also a hall for indoor sporting, artistic and educational classes.

During the development, two Galliford Try Partnerships’ joiners worked on the old cabins to ensure they were water tight and fit to be used. The cabins then received a makeover on the inside, with fresh paint providing a new look to the previously run-down facilities.

Julie Ferns, Community Engagement Coordinator for Galliford Try Partnerships said: “Galliford Try Partnerships are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the outstanding volunteers at the Rhys Jones Community Centre. Our apprentices found the experience compelling and were extremely proud to have helped to play a part in building a better future for the centre.”

Gill Carr, Employability Programme Coordinator, Everton in the Community said: “Everton in the Community is immensely proud of the work it has done with the Rhys Jones charities since his tragic death. The latest work with Galliford Try Partnerships is the next step in ensuring young residents are provided with a secure infrastructure to learn and develop.”

This project is part of Galliford Try Partnership’s continued outreach programme with Everton in the Community working on several projects across Merseyside.