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Saint-Gobain Foundation donates £25,000 to Play and Recycling Centre in Derby

Saint-Gobain Foundation has donated £25,000 to replace the leaky roof of a Derbyshire community charity hub, which takes waste products from industry and recycles them for use as play materials.

Volunteers, staff and visitors to the Play and Recycling Centre (PARC) in Derby are now warm, dry and comfortable – thanks to a watertight roof.

PARC in Werburgh Street, Derby includes a scrapstore, a craft shop, event space, games hire and a Community Repaint scheme.

The new roof has totally transformed the building, explains Pauline Cunningham, Sales Co-ordinator at Gibbs & Dandy, who submitted the project to the Saint-Gobain Foundation in a bid to raise funds for the building.

She said: “I learnt about PARC through my voluntary work with a local scout group in Derby. They receive their resources from PARC to enable children to partake in creative play. I noticed PARC was a cold, damp building and when the weather was bad, certain rooms were left unused.

“I realised that the Saint-Gobain Foundation could help. After filling out sponsorship forms, we secured the much-needed funds to keep this community hub open. It’s amazing what we have achieved and it’s wonderful to see a clean, watertight and dry building for the whole community to enjoy.”

Saint-Gobain supports PARC charity in Derby

A full renovation of the centre was completed in 2021, ahead of their 30th anniversary in 2022. From replacing old windows to painting the centre front, the building has received a makeover to ensure volunteers, staff and visitors remain safe, warm and comfortable.

The Saint-Gobain Foundation supports communities around the world, backing charity projects that help people who are at risk, unemployed or have poor access to quality housing.

Past projects include a €100,000 donation to the Peter McVerry Trust to refurbish six apartments to provide accommodation for homeless people in Dublin and £99,400 to The Princes’ Trust Wolfson Centre in Glasgow, which helps to support, develop and train young people.

In 2017, £43,000 was awarded to Barnardo’s for the development of Building Hope House in Crystal Palace to provide accommodation and development for young people leaving the care system.

All submitted projects have to be supported by a current or former Saint-Gobain employee.

Mike Chaldecott, CEO Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland, said: “We’re proud to support PARC to achieve their long-term objectives. Reusing materials that would otherwise go to landfill is part of the circular economy. By recycling unwanted items and giving them new life, PARC is providing opportunities for the local community and supporting young people to play, create and develop new skills.

“The Saint-Gobain Foundation is crucial in helping with the construction or refurbishment of healthy, attractive and comfortable buildings, ultimately Making the World a Better Home, which is central to Saint-Gobain’s purpose.

Projects submitted have to be supported by a current or former employee of Saint-Gobain, and this condition encourages our colleagues to get involved in and support local community charities.”

The Saint-Gobain Foundation is seeking new projects to support in the UK and Ireland. If you would like to find out more about how the Foundation can support your project, please get in touch with us at or visit the website for more information.  

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