A group of BT volunteers have helped a Southall school with a touch of redecoration, writes Mollie Perella.

Gabriel Martins, who looks after the BT Design Team went with 10 other volunteers to give Allenby Primary school’s fences, in Allenby Road, a re-vamp on Thursday September 19.

Mr Martins said the project is part of the BT in the Community scheme, which aims to bring sustainable aspects into the community.

He said: “We do it to encourage people to get involved in the community and one way is through volunteering.”

 

The fences, which were painted Harvester Orange, Forest Green and blue, surround the early years environment, which consists of the nursery, reception and the infant severe learning difficulties unit. The volunteers also painted the school’s pagoda bright blue.

Headteacher Mrs Ahluwalia said: “Parts of the fences face into my office, they are just lovely. We really wanted to improve our early years environment. The fences were looking really sad, the volunteers made such a difference.”

The BT team were introduced to students during assembly and then year six pupils, reporting for their school newspaper, later interviewed them to ask about the project.

Mr Martins explained how the children were excited about the project. He said: “There was quite a buzz. They were really quite taken aback by the colours we were using.”

Allenby School are working towards UNICEF’s Rights Respecting School award. This award recognises achievement in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.