Upcycling for Volunteering Week with the Guardian

gnm-volunteer-week-thumbSeptember saw another coming together of Guardian employees from across all departments with Global Generation's Business BTEC students at the Kings Cross Skip Garden for a day of carpentry and upcycling reclaimed wood from the Kings Cross development site, writes Nicole van den Eijnde, Youth Manager.

We brought together 40 Business BTEC students with 25 Guardian volunteers, four apprentices from Kier and Mansell, two product design students from Central St Martins and the whole Global Generation team. 

The mission for the day was to make as many beautifully free-standing book shelves and kitchen blackboard frames as possible, involving all in a process of denailing locally sourced Russian pine, sanding, painting and nailing together.

These products will then become part of the Year 11 Business BTEC students' businesses which they will be running this year from the Kings Cross Skip Garden, as part of their course.

The day started with the students greeting the volunteers at the gate, getting them geared up in their high-vis jackets and offering them teas and coffees.


Then, sitting on crates in a big circle, Yassin and Idman, two of our new Year 10 Business BTEC students, led the introduction.

Each person introduced themselves and the value that they would like to contribute to the day.


We then split into six groups, all working alongside each other on different stages of the product. By the end of the day we were all tired but happy.


Happy to have gotten out of the office, done something practical for the day, worked alongside people we do not usually work with and to see our hard work had paid off - in the form of 12 finished frames and four finished book shelves.

Here’s what The Guardian wrote and here's a video they produced about their Volunteering Week:


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