Sunderland students and Gentoo team up for Good Deed Day


Gentoo and Sunderland University are to decorate some of the Wearside’s community centres as part of a national volunteering week starting next Monday.

Seventeen student-volunteers alongside 70 Gentoo, and ten Barclays staff members, will renovate Sans Street Youth Centre, Silksworth Community Centre and Grindon Young Peoples Centre as part of Good Deed Day.

This is the first time the company has run this event.

Gentoo group PR advisor, Laura McKinlay said: “So far we have had 70 volunteers from Gentoo, 17 students and ten Barclays staff.

“This is the first time this event has been run but we have successfully carried out many other team challenges.”

Gentoo are an organisation which reinvests in the community, providing support with housing construction, design and building maintenance.

The Sans Street Youth Centre is set up to help young people achieve their goals and support personal development. This project will have students renovating the property following its recent break in.

Silksworth Community Centre is where both young and old people can come for various activities. Throughout the Good Deed Day the property will get the urgent decorating attention it needs.

Grindon Young Peoples Centre is used for activities from football to budgie club and, over time, has been neglected,  so it will be getting the life put back into it by the student volunteers.

There are three other projects, taking place as part of the Good Deed Day at Rickleton Church, in Washington; High Downs and Princess Gardens Older Person Schemes, in Hetton and Town End Farm Residents Association.

Transport and refreshments are also provided on the day for those involved.

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