Primary School Loves its New Playground Furniture

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May 4, 2022
May 26, 2022
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Alan Mairs
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Sacro’s Community Payback Service (CPS) in Glasgow has provided a local primary school with some fabulous new playground furniture.

Blackfriars Primary School in Glasgow has taken delivery of their new furniture and the children have now undertaken to place the furniture where they need it. The school has a long tradition of being an Eco School and considers it vitally important for its pupils to take an informed and active role in caring for and improving their local and global environment.

The furniture was made by people undertaking unpaid work activities as part of their community payback requirement and were instructed throughout the project by Sacro CPS workers. As placements arrived with varying abilities in DIY, woodworking, and painting, Sacro staff worked with them individually to help them improve on current skills and build their confidence in developing new skills. Placements were also involved in the design process including imagining, testing and the creation of diagrams and instructions for others to follow. The furniture was designed in bright colours and a range of sizes to suit pupils throughout the school. 

All items were made from wood, reclaimed from used pallets and donated by local business, Interplan. The school contributed consumables such as paint, screws, and sandpaper.

Class teacher, Vivienne Murdoch wrote to say:

“Can I just say a MASSIVE thank you for the wonderful benches, chairs, and tables that your crew have made for us. The pupil Eco Committee are going to decide where they are to go this afternoon. They are really going to brighten up our playground. I can't thank you enough! 
“Many, many thanks.” 

Sacro’s Community Payback Service encourages and supports its placements to use their unpaid work obligation to connect with and benefit the local community while learning new skills and increased confidence in their abilities.

All items produced are donated to Glasgow community groups, schools, and care facilities to encourage growth and support of green spaces, nature, and the enrichment of residents’ wellbeing by spending more time outdoors.

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