Young volunteers from Milton Keynes College have been drafted in to help install a full Changing Places facility at Stadium MK, the home of MK Dons FC, which is currently undergoing a renovation project to improve access for disabled fans.
The initiative, led by MK Dons Supporters Association, home improvement retailer Wickes and social enterprise VIY (Volunteer It Yourself), is designed to build skills in the next crop of college students
The volunteers have converted an old toilet and store cupboard into the disabled changing facility after a summer of fundraising by the MK Dons Supporters Association enabling the Club to purchase specialist mobility equipment.
It is hoped that the venture will help local young people to learn valuable trade skills while helping their local area by transforming the facilities at Stadium MK.
The project is designed to help open doors for the young people involved and help them to find apprenticeship and job opportunities.
MK Dons’ manager, Robbie Neilson, attended the installation to show his support. He said: “It’s fantastic that so many members of the community have come together to help MK Dons offer this new facility. Seeing all those people pitching in to do their bit for the project was inspiring, and VIY and Wickes have done well to secure so many willing volunteers.”
Meanwhile, David Sanderson, store Manager at Wickes in Bletchley, said: “We’re delighted that we are able to help MK Dons by ensuring that the volunteers have all the materials and tools they need for this renovation. It is great to be involved in such a fantastic project which gets young people excited while teaching them useful skills.”