Solicitors swap pens and paper for paint brushes to help local childcare centre

05 August 2015
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Six staff from Wilkin Chapman Solicitors in Grimsby swapped their office tools for tools of a different kind to help renovate an outdoor play area for a local childcare centre.

On Tuesday 4 August, six staff from our Grimsby office had a slightly different working day to the normal 9-5 office day. Each staff member had volunteered to donate a day of their time to help renovate an outdoor play area at a local childcare centre.

The lucky centre was the Mosaic Childcare Centre in Freeman Street, Grimsby, and the renovation project formed a part of our support for the Business in the Community initiative. Our team arrived on site bright and early, and had swapped keyboards and pens for brushes and paint to bring the seaside to the bare outdoor area.

The Mosaic centre provides childcare in a deprived area of the town. Before the project began, the centre's outdoor play area was just a space with bare walls. The challenge for our team was to transform the area into a colourful oasis for the children to play in. The team had decided upon a seaside theme and at 9am set to work on transforming the play area.

With a seascape mural, a water play wall, and beach hut mural - along with car tyres painted and used for planters and play stands - our team had their work cut out for them. Fortunately, the weather was on our side allowing us to work outside all day which helped the paint dry much more quickly.

Commenting on the day, Alison Mitchell, head of marketing and communications, said: "The team really wanted to create an area in which the children, who are aged from 2 – 4, would be able to relate to so the seaside seemed like the perfect theme to pick. The whole team came up with some really creative ideas that would inspire the children and give them a bright and colourful play area."

By 5pm all the ideas had come together and the paint pots and brushes were put away. We're now looking forward to the arrival of some new play equipment ready for the official opening on the 10 September 2015.


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