What did we ask them to help us with?
Painting and decorating - before and afterOne of the main tasks we asked the team to do was to redecorate the two corridors with magnolia paint. I think you'll agree it was very effective!
|Remedial work in the corridors - painting over the eggy yellow!|
|Afterwards - what a difference|
|Light, bright and airy - and all the same colour|
|A splendid job, well done|
The Gardens - before and afterAt just under an acre, the community centre grounds need a lot of tender loving care to keep them looking nice. We have a static community payback team that comes every Sunday to help keep the grounds under control, but even in the space of a week the brambles and bindweed take hold again! We asked the team to dig out the brambles once and for all and prune the pyracantha behind the sports cage, a very prickly job. Some of the brambles have been there for 40 years, and their roots go deep.
|Getting ready to tackle the brambles|
|A clear path created behind the sports cage|
|Pruning and shaping the rose arch|
|Before and after photos of the allotment garden|
|Painting the outdoor benches, with a smile!|
Roundtable discussion with team membersFour Lloyds TSB team members kindly agreed to join a roundtable discussion about the community centre. Like many voluntary organisations in the current economic climate, the Goldsmiths Community Association is struggling to meet rising costs and falling revenues for this venerable and very large (over 16000 sq ft) building. The utility bills for the centre alone can reach £20,000 per year, particularly in a cold and prolonged winter. It is harder to 'square the circle' as the Association aims to keep the cost of activities affordable so that local people are able to participate regardless of income.
The team were full of ideas for investment into the centre, marketing and activities that we hadn't thought to offer and gave us much food for thought. We had a very productive session, then let them get back to work! These ideas and plans will be shared with our new members, and the general public, at the Association's Annual General Meeting on Saturday 21 September.
Lloyds TSB, you are welcome at the centre any time and our grateful thanks go to you for all your hard work - it was indeed a day to make a difference.
|Lloyds TSB volunteers in a roundtable discussion about the community centre|