Young helping hands join the John O’Conner team at Alexandra Palace
Our Alexandra Palace (APA) Contract Manager, Michael Conway and his team of experienced grounds maintenance operatives have once again been working hard to share their knowledge and skills to two individuals who have been attending the Palace for two very different, but equally important reasons.
Local A Level student, David Ainsworth, from Wood House College has recently completed over 60 hours of voluntary work as part of his Duke of Edinburgh GOLD award criteria. The Duke of Edinburgh Award helps support and transform the lives of millions of young people whilst helping to build the confidence, resilience and the competitive edge when looking for future employment.
During his time, David worked on planting of bedding, weeding, pruning, grass cutting, edging and wasn’t afraid of litter picking and emptying bins. This community volunteering goes towards helping David achieve his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. David commented “I have really enjoyed my voluntary hours with JOC at APA, especially learning first hand grounds maintenance skills. I’ve been made to feel very welcome by the team and feel part of the team myself now!”
Our team are also assisting work experience candidate, Mario Luignani, from the Harington Scheme in Highgate who works one full day a week on the APA contract. The Harington Scheme provides opportunities for young adults with learning disabilities and/or difficulties designed to help them into employment, further education or a more rewarding life.
Mario has commented to say he loves his time at the Alexandra Palace contract and looks forward to getting back once he has completed his week day work experience. He admits at the start of his work experience, he was nervous, but the team have made him feel very welcome and at ease and now really enjoys working with the guys and girls.