A lasting legacy for the Thamesview student community!

Last month, students at Thamesview School got the chance to develop their carpentry skills and discover more about trade roles within the construction industry when they took part in our Skills Bus activity, building a bench to be donated to the school.

The activity was supported by apprentices from Taylor Wimpey who were on hand to give practical advice as well as talk to our young people about their experiences of the apprenticeship route. The young men showed excellent teamwork and quick learning on the spot, and by the end of the day had built a sturdy bench they could be proud of!

Every year, Thamesview School holds a Dragons Den competition, where teams compete to win prize money that is used to enhance an extra-curricular activity or club. In the 2019/20 academic year one of the final teams was a group of young people in Year 7, who suggested turning an unused outside space into a wellbeing garden.

The bench that the young people on our Skills Bus team created will be donated to this shared area to help create a comfortable space for students to relax, make friends, and interact with their peers, ensuring that it will have a lasting positive effect for the school community.

We already have plans for another Skills Bus activity later in November, so that more students can have the opportunity to learn new skills and interact with construction professionals. We are hoping that this next practical project can be a bench that wheelchair users are able to use, to make the wellbeing garden even more inclusive for the students and their peers.

We are so pleased that the Skills Bus activity has helped foster community spirit for participants, and can’t wait to see the bench in its new home!