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This month, seven volunteers from our team dedicated a day of their time to carry out painting for the L6 centre in Liverpool. Volunteers included two Directors and two apprentices, offering attendees a great opportunity to share their experiences, offer advice and discuss opportunities. All whilst helping a fantastic local charity!

Andrew Middleton (Managing Director of Net Zero Ventures) commented: “I had a brilliant day working alongside our apprentices. Having the opportunity for an extended conversation, out of the work setting, really helped the apprentices open up and broke down traditional hierarchical barriers”.

Paul Makin (Director of PH Jones) added:  “Supporting local communities is always very rewarding but to do it with some of our apprentices makes it even more special. Spending time together in this type of environment really helps you get to know people on a more personal level “.

Gas Apprentice, Maizie Williams also commented “The L6 centre is such a great charity to support and right at the heart of our contract with Onward Homes, it’s always a pleasure to help them. This volunteering day was even better because I got a chance to interact with our leaders in a really informal way which helped me understand how I can progress in the business”.

Cole Mason Gas apprentice added: “I know not everyone gets the opportunity to work with a Director for the day (and vice versa) so I used the opportunity to ask them about their careers and they asked me about my apprenticeship and goals”

The L6 Centre is a charity in the heart of Liverpool and support a lot of families who live in social housing, including our client Onward Homes.  Rooms painted included the entrance hallway, 4 toilet rooms and a staff corridor, making the building cleaner and brighter for users. The L6 Centre will be visited by His Majesty, King Charles III and the Queen Consort in the new year and so the work carried out has saved the charity time and money to offer a fresh and welcoming environment.

Materials were kindly donated by Jewson’s, to the value of nearly £800. Paint was from Paint 360, who are a social enterprise specialising in recycled paint, who provide jobs for people traditionally further from the labour market

This project proves that the work we do is wide reaching, with environmental and social impacts outside the contract area. If you would like to find out how to maximise the success of social value on your heating contracts please contact