Mactaggart & Mickel are very proud to be taking part in an innovative, two-year partnership with the UK Charity of the Year, Who Cares? Scotland. The charity is a national voluntary organisation dedicated to Care Experienced young people and provides advocacy to children who are in the care system.
As part of this partnership, Mactaggart & Mickel painters, plumbers, bricklayers, roughcasters and other construction trades - together with Head Office staff – are helping care experienced young people to create a proper home when they move in to new housing, taking care of some of the decorating and essential DIY and maintenance as well as offering tips and advice. It’s easy to forget that these are tasks most of us can rely on a network of family and friends to assist with, however young people leaving care often lack a family support network to help them settle in.
The idea was suggested by one of our Employer of Choice champions, who realised that we could harness skills that our staff already have to benefit those who may need a helping hand to tackle jobs around the home such as painting and decorating, turning off the water, or plumbing in a washing machine.
The first home to receive a makeover was rented by Lisa Moore, who was delighted to receive help from our Mactaggart and Mickel volunteers. The team of Bryan (Painter), John (Joiner) and George (Contracts Manager) carried out repairs and refurbishment on Lisa’s first home to help her to transform the space from just an ordinary flat to something that felt like hers.
Lisa with Claire Beattie, Bryan Brown, John Thomson and George Dow of Mactaggart & Mickel
A team of intrepid Mactaggart & Mickel walkers also took on a fundraising challenge for Who Cares? Scotland and tackled the Kiltwalk from Glasgow to Balloch on Sunday 28th April, raising a fantastic £5,937.43 so far. These much-needed funds will go towards providing even more support and exciting opportunities for care experienced young people.
Three different distances were covered by the teams taking part – 6, 15 and a gruelling 23 miles. Along the way they were cheered on by spectators and enjoyed some musical entertainment.
A massive well done to everyone who took part!
It’s not too late for you to make a contribution! Visit our fundraising page at https://glasgowkiltwalk2019.everydayhero.com/uk/macmic
Over the coming months we will be providing further support for the Care Experienced community by offering work experience opportunities, arranging taster days on construction sites, and hosting a life skills day at our Head Office.