Veterans’ Garage in Manchester, co-founded in 2015 by the Redshaws, an ex-military family suffering the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have together created a unique approach to providing support for Military Veterans and Emergency Service personnel across the North West. The family’s aim was to provide a stable social hub for ex-servicemen and women to learn new skills, socialise and receive support and advice with in-house welfare programmes
The facility, based at Airport City, is getting a fresh lick of paint as plans progress to the next stages in renovating the Grade II listed former Airport Terminal.
HMG Paints, The UK’s largest Independent Paint Manufacturer, are continuing their support with further donations of paint for the refreshment of the temporary Veterans’ Garage premises. At the same time, planning continues for extensive renovations of the Grade II listed 1930’s Airport Terminal.
The Redshaw family hope the project, which was named North-West Social Enterprise of the Year 2017, will be a long-standing testament to veterans, giving ex-servicemen, servicewomen and their families a multi-functional hub to build skills and seek support, but also to socialise and make friends. “We are dedicated to working with local businesses who are active and supportive in the community and felt that HMG Paints very much fit with our ethos. We plan to have a long-term relationship with HMG Paints, not only utilising their Decorative Paints range, but also their impressive Automotive coatings for our restoration garage” said Dave Redshaw, Veterans’ Garage Co-Founder.
The location for the Veterans’ Garage, City Airport, was the UK’s first purpose-built municipal airport. At the airport, the temporary venue, a converted portacabin, has been refurbished using a selection of HMG Paints products from PVC17 on the UPVC windows, to the popular Acrylic Primer Undercoat and Satin Trim system. Alongside the portacabin sits a Grade II listed, WWII airport terminal building which has been generously donated to the project by The Peel Group.
As a not-for-profit venture, the garage will also play host to a community car club, giving freedom to raise funds for other causes across the North West, simultaneously providing ex-service personnel with employment opportunities.