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Gleeds Bristol gives 1625ip Indykits storeroom a new look

Thursday 28 July 2016

Gleeds spent two days revamping a very tired storeroom housing essential Indykits for young homeless people.


When you're down, your environment can make a huge difference

15 staff from global property and construction consultants Gleeds came to our office last month to help us transform a pretty tragic looking storeroom into a bright and clean space.

The room is used to store household items for our Indykit project. The items are donated by people and companies to make sure young people who are about to move into a room in a shared house have the very basic things they need; a towel, some bedding, crockery and cutlery, pots and pans  - you get the picture. Often they have none of these things so moving into a house adds challenges to the ones they are already dealing with.

If you can imagine (most people probably can't) being 19 and homeless, being offered a room in a shared house with people you don't know and you have nothing but the clothes on your back - that's pretty scary stuff. If you are then taken to a sad looking room to collect some second hand stuff  - it adds nothing positive to an already dire situation. 

When Gleeds Executive Quantity Surveyor, Neil Pearce got in touch and asked if they could help us with a team type challenge  - we showed him photos of the storeroom and they were more than happy to help.

Order from chaos

Like a well oiled machine, our "Gleeders" got into two teams and worked solidly over two days - they moved tonnes of stuff out of the rooms, cleaned from floor to ceiling, patched up walls, sanded woodwork and then got to painting. After that they helped us sort through the items, made up shelving units (kindly donated by Collect-Eco) and put it all back Bristol fashion. Gleeds even paid for all the materials!



A new start for Indykits

The rooms feel clean and fresh and organised  - the stock looks so much better in there and it will be easier for our amazing long-standing Indykits Volunteer Lea to keep on top of it all.

Young people won't feel like they've been taken to collect old unloved items anymore, they should feel the love with which the items were donated.



1625ip staff have commented how much nicer it is now, they can actually see what's on offer and it feels much better for young people.

Gleeds' Neil Pearce said.

The whole experience with 1625IP was fantastic!  Fantastic that we could assist an exceptionally good local charity; fantastic that so many of the Gleeds Bristol office got behind the initiative with every business unit represented; fantastic organisational skills between the parties that ensured that the two days passed very smoothly indeed; and most importantly of all, fantastic that we were able to enhance the Indykits space and improve the experience of the young people that 1625ip support.  We look forward to building upon this relationship with 1625ip, starting with an office collection to donate to the Indykits scheme.

1625ip Funding Manager, Pilar Garcia commented

Working with Gleeds staff was an absolute pleasure  - they got stuck in from the minute they got there. It was not exactly an exciting job but they understood what a huge difference brightening these rooms up will make to young people in crisis. It would have cost the charity thousands of pounds to achieve this. We can’t thank you enough for this funding and support and really hope you all enjoyed your day.

None of this without EmmDee

Repairs and Maintenance Specialists EmmDee also played a crucial part in this challenge. 

Emmdee, an approved contractor for 1625ip, wanted to do something special for the charity. Operations Manager, Justin Daniels helped us work out what needed doing, ordered all the materials and on the day brought down a top tradesman called Dewi (seen here hard at work) to supervise and advise on the work - and they both ended up getting stuck in! Thank you so much both of you - we couldn't have done it without you.

But there was more icing on the cake. To our surprise they had also arranged a team of volunteers from Urban Flooring, who turned up and carpeted the entire area for free. We were sure Nick Knowles, DIY SOS was about to turn up any minute!

Justin (who elusively avoided being photographed!) said

Wow, what a difference a little spirit, passion and elbow grease makes. We always look at ways to invest in our our social responsibility as a contractor, and were proud to fund and support such a fantastic project. We hope your service users enjoy the space.


Huge thanks to everyone involved!




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More Information

Contact: Pilar Garcia, Funding and Communication Manager

Tel:  0117 317 8800 / 07956 306 492
Email: pilar.garcia@1625ip.co.uk

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