VOLUNTEERS proved a class act as they spruced up a Sunderland school.
To mark Good Deeds Day, 118 volunteers carried out 10 community projects, helping out with painting, gardening and planting vegetables.
By coming together, we can have a really positive impact on local community organisations who need volunteers to help them.
Among those to benefit was St Mary’s Primary School, in Meadowside, where 30 helpers got stuck in to clear the garden and surrounding forest before replanting trees, hedges and wild flowers.
Siobhan Carton, deputy head teacher, St Mary’s Primary School said: “We are delighted with the outcome. The forest school is a wonderful resource for our children and we look forward to seeing the trees and flowers blooming and blossoming in the spring.”
The Good Deeds Day project involved 75 Gentoo staff plus community volunteers and employees from EDF Energy, Barclays and Berghaus.
Other volunteering projects saw residents at Amble Tower, in Lakeside Village, given a chance to improve their digital skills by being shown tips on how to use social media platforms. Other events were held at Blue Watch in Ryhope, Tansy Centre in South Hylton, Jubilee Centre in Farringdon, Holy Trinity Church in Washington, St Bede’s Community Hall in Town End Farm, Kiddywinks Nursery in Silksworth, Houghton Community Nursery School and St Bede’s RC Primary School, in Washington.
EDF worker Lynn Hutchinson, who volunteered at the St Mary’s Primary School project alongside her colleagues, she said: “It is great to be involved in a project which is supported and encouraged by our employers.
“By coming together, we can have a really positive impact on local community organisations who need volunteers to help them.
“The team and I had a great day helping to transform the gardens of the school, and we know that the students and staff will all enjoy using the newly refurbished space more than ever.”