At Rated People we not only care about quality, local tradesmen, we also care about local communities; that’s why we’ve initiated the Rated People Sponsorship Programme.
The Rated People Sponsorship Programme was created and launched in 2012, with the vision to support local groups and make a difference on a community level. Here are some of the local organisations that we support.
Somerville Youth and Play Provision run a community based adventure playground in South East London, which offers a safe play space with support and activities for school aged children. The playground is maintained by volunteers, but with so much wood to sand and paint we thought we’d give them a helping hand. Here we all are proudly stood in front of the newly painted play structure.
We’re working with and supporting VIY (Volunteer it Yourself) and Build-it (as featured on TV), two organisations that encourage young people to learn DIY and construction skills on the job. The teens are mentored by volunteer tradesmen and together they fix local youth club buildings and social housing. If you fancy becoming a mentor and volunteering on a project (there are currently 47 locations across the UK), get in touch.
Southwark Children’s Brass Band was founded in 1996 and re-constituted as a charity in 2010. The band regularly performs at events such as the Dulwich Festival and other venues across London. Children who can play just 3 notes are welcome to join the junior band and instruments are provided for those who are unable to afford them. There are currently 50 children in the junior and senior bands, with the youngest member being six years old and the oldest 14. The Rated People sponsorship will go towards new equipment, teaching and the day to day running of the band.
The Edible Bus Stop was once a derelict, urban plot next to a bus stop in Stockwell, south London. The patch was to be transformed into new flats by the council, but was instead claimed by locals who turned it into a community garden. Bringing the neighbourhood together, it turned into a free-for-all vegetable and flower plot with regular digs and planting sessions. In 2013, the The Edible Bus Stop became the first ‘Pocket Park’ to be sponsored by the Mayor of London, it is currently undergoing re-landscaping. The Rated People sponsorship will go towards planting fruit trees, building a new website and investing in storage space for the plants and tools.
BSCSC is a small and friendly swimming club in Hertfordshire, which was founded in 1995. The club has around 100 members who swim at a local, county and regional level. Children can join from eight years and up. BSCSC’s Chief Coach Geoff Wood has been coaching the swimmers since 2005 and is aided by enthusiastic volunteers. From Rated People’s sponsorship, BSCSC will invest in new equipment to improve the children’s training.