Bromley Little Theatre, South London, has undergone a transformation thanks to a programme between home improvement retailer, Wickes, and social enterprise, VIY (Volunteer It Yourself), with the support of the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund. Thirty-eight young volunteers from LSEC College Bromley took part in the project and 27 of them gained City & Guilds accreditations in Health and Safety.
The volunteers redeveloped the dressing room, storage and rehearsal spaces, together with a facelift of the outside of the community theatre. To do this, new stud walling and brick walls were constructed and plastered inside, whilst the exterior was also redecorated.
Wickes stores in Erith, West Wickham and Plumstead supported the project by donating all the tools and materials required, whilst also covering the cost of professional tradespeople acting as mentors on the ground.
Alan Dalton, Lead Mentor said: “The volunteers have all worked really hard on this project, while gaining valuable skills, particularly regarding health and safety. We’re really pleased to have been able to help this theatre with its restoration project, so they can continue to entertain the local community.”
Keith Jeremiah, lead volunteer at Bromley Little Theatre for the project said: “Bromley Little Theatre are delighted to be working with VIY to give London South East College’s students real life experience of construction skills, whilst helping to create improved facilities for our members and other community groups using our wonderful old building. A really useful first step in our grand plans for the theatre.”
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