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Roofing sector joins forces to support community project

by Jennie Ward

The new community workshop in Salford, Greater Manchester, will be a hub for local groups, and following an appeal by Terry Wain, former Technical Secretary of the LRWA, several LRWA members have already stepped forward to help – including Sika, Centaur Technologies, Polyroof and Alumasc.

Companies from across the roofing industry are rallying round to build a new community workshop, which will help improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Located in Salford, Greater Manchester, the workshop will be a hub for local groups and host activities offered by the social enterprise, Incredible Education – a not-for-profit organisation which runs forest schools and enables people of all ages to get involved in horticulture. 

A range of building materials are needed to construct the new building, including insulation, waterproofing, and components for its green roof.

Following an appeal by Terry Wain, former Technical Secretary of the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA), several LRWA members have already stepped forward to help – including Sika, Centaur Technologies, Polyroof and Alumasc.

Speaking about the project, Terry said: “This initiative is very close to my heart as the building will provide a new home for the Salford Working in Wood Group, which I’ve been a member of for five years.

“The Group brings people from all backgrounds together to get involved in woodwork and socialise, which has a significant, positive impact on people’s wellbeing. We are regularly welcoming new members, including several people who have been referred by the mental health charity, Start.

“I’m really grateful to all the roofing companies that have shown their support so far, which has ranged from the supply of materials and help installing the roof, through to financial donations. This will make a huge difference to the project, helping us to take it to the next stage.

“We hope that with some extra fundraising, we can source the remaining items within the next few weeks, enabling us to complete the project by the end of the summer.”

Other organisations to show their support for the project include Maker of Things, which has long supported the Salford Working in Wood Group and has agreed to modify all the steelwork free of charge.

The new workshop will form part of the Cleavley Community Forest Garden which is being redeveloped by Incredible Education to offer a variety of facilities for the local community. Outdoor teaching space, a growing site, community café, and garden centre also form part of the plans. 

Any companies interested in supporting Terry’s fundraising campaign and the construction of the new workshop, can do so by emailing: terry.wain@virgin.net

To follow the project’s progress, follow @CleavleyWorks on Twitter.

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