Covers helps out Skill Quest Trust

Published:  12 December, 2014

The Southampton depot of Covers Timber and Builders Merchants is lending its support to the Skill Quest Trust, a charity supporting young and vulnerable adults in the Eastleigh area.

The Trust, which has been established for 17 years, has recently launched a project to turn a derelict garden centre into the Riverside community garden. This initiative will provide practical work experience and accredited training and qualifications in horticulture, landscaping and construction for young and older learners, greatly enhancing their employment prospects in these sectors.

Raw materials are urgently needed to turn this vision into reality, especially after the site flooded due to a burst water main. Covers has donated two tonnes of sand towards the cause, which it hopes will go a long way towards the renovations.

Simon Richards, depot manager at Covers Southampton, said: “As a company, we have an active Community Support programme and are delighted to be involved with the Skill Quest Trust’s latest project. The Riverside community garden hasn’t had the easiest start due to the flooding earlier this year, but it will be a valuable addition to the Eastleigh community and we look forward to watching it take shape.”

As well as offering life skills, this not-for-profit enterprise also hopes to build a shop to offer low-cost fruit and vegetables that have been grown on site. A tearoom and play area are also planned to benefit the wider community.

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