In July 2023, Ryan Smith (PM Education Sector) visited Royal British Legion Industries’ social enterprise Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, providing employment to military veterans, as well as to those with disabilities, and is a national market leader in the production of road and rail signs.
Ryan, who served eight years in the military and came to Reds10 via our partnership with Buildforce, was also able to visit Centenary village, the largest veteran development in the UK, where he was able to spend time and share a bite to eat with the staff and residents at Mountbatten Pavilion. Through a wide range of accessible, purpose-built homes, assisted living accommodation and family homes, and with a state-of-the-art community centre at its heart, this Centenary village development will be a thriving, intergenerational community, providing life-changing support the veteran community.
We look forward to exploring our potential partnership with RBLI.
Just a couple of days later Olivia Cook (Marketing Assistant) made a visit to Solo Wood Recycling in Croydon. Solo is part of the national social enterprise Community Wood Recycling, who Reds10 partner with on projects to help divert wood coming from sites away from landfill and recycling centres, and towards new use.
Pete at Solo explained that everyone on the team there has experienced challenges in their lives like homelessness, poor mental health, unemployment or addiction, and the enterprise has helped them back into work.
The team here host after school sessions and outreach programmes where children can make everything from bird boxes and chairs to raised beds and planters encouraging creativity and teaching them practical skills, plus allowing them to see the success of their efforts as their new vegetable and herb gardens grow.
Reds10 have been utilising Community Wood Recycling’s scheme on several key projects for the last year and are currently rolling out its use to all our sites across the UK.