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B&Q works with youth clubs to make DIY Repairs

More than 300 youth groups have twinned with their local DIY stores to help them carry out repairs to their clubs over the summer.

As part of a three-year partnership between UK Youth and B&Q, 330 stores will link up with one of their local youth clubs. Youth workers, volunteers and young people at each club will receive £250 worth of materials as well as DIY training from store staff.

The deal also gives youth clubs four days a year to fundraise in the store they are twinned with. Work on the clubs will be completed by the end of this month.

UK Youth communications director Dominic Cotton said: "There is no way we can pretend that this makes up for the funding cuts that are facing youth services but this can go a long way to improve clubs. The training being offered is particularly useful."

This UK-wide link-up follows a trial involving clubs and stores in Cambridgeshire, Wellingborough and Coventry.

B&Q community manager Kelly Metcalfe added: "There is a huge skills gap in this country with the younger generation lacking the skills their grandparents have when it comes to basic DIY skills."

Source : Joe Lepper - Children & Young People Now

03 August 2011
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Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at Woodbury Park on Thursday morning. It was very interesting and thought-provoking for our Retail members. The feedback has been excellent.

Martin Elliott. Chief Executive - Home Hardware.

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