Painting & Decorating students support local wildlife charity


A group of construction students recently swapped the classroom and workshop for a volunteering day with Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

The four: Annabel Corke, Reece Nixon, Abby-Louise Nixon and Kyle Elliot are studying for a City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Painting and Decorating. They were accompanied by painting lecturer David Metcalfe.

Relishing the opportunity to get out into the working world, which had been difficult due to covid restrictions, they descended on the wildlife charity’s headquarters building in Gosforth to help with the decorating.


Armed with rollers, buckets, paint tins and dust sheets, the students gained experience putting into practice what they have been learning in a busy working environment.

They enjoyed the day so much they have asked if they can return and staff at the wildfire charity were so impressed with their enthusiasm and professionalism, they are more than happy for that to happen.

Student Kyle Elliot says:

It’s been a really good experience coming into the Trust, meeting everybody and getting an idea of what it’s like working for a customer and getting used to a workplace scenario - we didn’t even mind moving the furniture around.

All too often young people get a bad press, so it was great to see their enthusiasm as they decorated our offices. Their volunteering efforts meant that our regular volunteers were able to head off onto reserves and continue sorting out the tree damage caused by the recent storms and high winds. They are a credit to their course leader and college.

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