First day back at school and no doubt children across the country are already looking forward to break time, but all too often the expanse of grey tarmac, better known as the playground, is far from exciting or inspiring. Many schools are keen to improve these grey and uninviting spaces and create areas which are welcoming and stimulating, but often the cost of materials prevents such projects from getting off the ground.
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However, when the staff and pupils at Baden Powell Primary school in Tremorfa, Cardiff return to school this week they will find this does not have to be the case. Thanks to a team of volunteers and the local Community RePaint scheme, their dull playground and pre-fab nursery building have been transformed with a colourful, space-themed mural.
“Often, once a group has decided on the design for their mural, they find that they need to buy a whole range of colours, the cost of which soon adds up, even if they will only be using a small amount of each colour. This is where Community RePaint can really help as our schemes collect reusable, leftover paint, which means we can supply a whole range of colours to good causes for a minimal cost,” said Clair Lloyd, Community RePaint Programme Coordinator.
So, if you know of a playground that needs painting, a classroom that needs colour or have paint to donate visit www.communityrepaint.org.uk to find your nearest scheme. Download the Cardiff case study on the link attached.
We are pleased to report that the majority of Community RePaint schemes are now OPEN, following COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
Some schemes are only open on a restricted basis, operating an appointment system or ‘reserve and collect’, so please telephone or email a scheme directly if you would like to purchase some affordable paint.
When visiting your local scheme, according to government guidelines, you should be wearing a face covering. For more guidance, including exemptions, please check the gov website: gov.uk/coronavirus.
You can find your nearest scheme to purchase paint here.
To drop-off leftover paint, find your nearest drop-off point here.
We hope that everyone stays safe and our schemes look forward to seeing you.