A group of housing staff from Knowsley are putting their skills to good use over a thousand miles away to help renovate an orphanage in Ukraine.
The 12 staff members from Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) will spend seven days at the orphanage in Mariupol, Ukraine, from August 22 to 29, renovating the dining area.
The group of volunteers is made up of KHT’s skilled tradesmen including electricians, plasterers, joiners, builders and decorators, and several staff from different departments who will help look after the children while work is underway.
They have already been using Facebook to see what the orphanage currently looks like and help them plan the renovations, and have even been learning some basic Russian in their dinner hours.
KHT Joiner Dave Scott said: “We are really looking forward to getting out there and doing our bit.
“It’s a real challenge like nothing we’ve done before but will be a great experience.”
Staff and tradesmen also volunteer their time to organisations much closer to home, renovating community facilities and helping at local events in the borough.
It is all part of KHT’s commitment to social responsibility, making sure it is not just providing housing, but many other great benefits to the community with the aim of improving lives.
Bob Taylor, KHT Chief Executive, said: “I’m very proud that our staff have volunteered their time and skills in this worthwhile project. As an organisation we have a responsibility to our local community, but this is a chance to improve lives even further afield.”
The trip has been made possible with donations from Steve Caunce Contractors, ADT Workplace, Holloway Cook Associates, Aquaserv, Whiston Carpets and UNITE.
Travis Perkins has donated tools for the project and KHT has provided some safety gear.