Trainees from a Leeds-based construction company are transforming the headquarters of charity Food Revival’s headquarters in Pudsey.
The Food Revival is a not-for-profit community interest company which intercepts edible food destined for the bin and instead redirects it to whoever needs or wants it.
It delivers high quality food, that would otherwise go to waste, to 39 schools that are located in some of the most deprived areas of Leeds and Bradford.
The Willmott Dixon team, lead by trainee, Kurtis Turner, will be refurbishing the HQ by sanding and painting the centre’s ceiling, cleaning and painting the floor, painting the walls, putting up partitions and shelves for the market stall and putting up partitions for the bin store.
The initiative is part of the Willmott Dixon trainee challenge, which sees trainees from across the business plan and implement a project to leave a lasting positive legacy in their local community.
Kurtis Turner, management trainee at Willmott Dixon, said:
“I am delighted to be leading this challenge because it is an opportunity to make a difference in our community.
“The stories I have heard since starting this challenge about children being deprived and having a lack of nutrition in this country is astounding. Furthermore, the amount of food that goes to waste is unimaginable and the ramifications of this are very serious.
“To be part of this challenge and help this organisation make a positive change is fantastic and I am learning lots along the way!”
Rick Willmott, group chief executive of Willmott Dixon said:
“The trainee challenge is a chance for our trainees from across the business to get first hand experience of running a project. It also is a really important opportunity for them to make a difference to local communities and understand our purpose beyond profit ethos.”
The work comes as the company has announced it has achieved its target to enhance the life chances to 10,000 young people by 2020.
Food Revival is based on the Grangefield Industrial Estate in Pudsey. It intercepts and re-directs food to children and communities across Leeds and Bradford. It also offers food on a pay-as-you-feel basis.