This is where I spent the best part of last Saturday and hopefully left it in a better state than I found it!
It’s the sixth form common room at my daughter’s school and Go London came in to join the PTA stalwarts and splash some paint around. Faced with coffee stains, dried chewing gum, stickers and the odd bit of
rather cool but I’m not allowed to say that graffiti, I’m glad to say I didn’t have a hangover.
Go London is an initiative by the Cabinet Office to get people doing community ‘stuff’. I think it might have something to do with the big society but what struck me was the group of people who came to paint numbered several Americans. They all worked really hard but as you can see, they were able to use a roller and chat at the same time – quite admirable I say!
While we all painted, there was a pretty social atmosphere and it was good to see it doesn’t take much to make a difference – just a few hours.
The kitchen came up a treat in the end and I hope the kids enjoy the work done by the invisible helpers. While I was tempted to leave a tag somewhere, I resisted the urge.
And here’s some cool stuff about Go London
GO London offers one-off commitment-free volunteering opportunities to fit in with your busy lifestyle. Anyone aged 16 or over can volunteer. You don’t need any previous experience or skills. Just sign up, turn up and get stuck in!
Most GO London volunteering projects are environmental. You can volunteer on city farms, help clear rubbish from parks, cemeteries and river banks, and even learn some ancient environmental skills like coppicing. We also work with schools in London, building adventure playgrounds and sensory gardens as well as helping people with disabilities to spruce up their homes and gardens.