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B&Q set to boost DIY skills among young people

Published: 10 February 2011
B&Q is launching a three-year partnership with charity UK Youth to give young people the opportunity and confidence to take on their own DIY and home improvement projects.
The partnership will see B&Q employees working alongside young people at a local level and passing on a wide range of practical skills.

Each of the retailer's 321 stores and the company's head office will be twinned with a local youth group and embark on a range of community projects.

The partnership builds on the work B&Q has already been doing to help up-skill young people in the UK, including Kids Classes and Job Done!, a free DIY and home improvement programme for schools.

B&Q ceo Euan Sutherland said: "There is a huge skills gap in this country with the younger generation lacking the skills their grandparents have when it comes to basic DIY skills. We recognise this and the work we are now doing in communities across the UK is focused on young people, with whom we can share our expertise to make a positive difference. We look forward to working with UK Youth to build on the work we've been doing."


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We have just started a community garden in St Leonards on Sea. This is quite a big project involving landscaping, container planting and plantcare. We are very keen to get all age groups mixing together and sharing skills. The garden will be manned whenever individuals or groups are prepared to take charge of it for a number of hours on a regular basis. Is this something that could work with your partnership idea?

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