Leading paint manufacturer PPG Architectural Coatings - producer of premium paint brand Johnstone’s - has teamed up with support services and construction company Carillion to provide a host of voluntary community organisations in the North West of England with a splash of colour.

PPG donated over 600 litres of paint from its brands Johnstone’s and Leyland, which was then distributed to projects within Tameside, near Manchester, through Carillion’s Third Sector Redundant Paint offer. The Tameside Third Sector Coalition, a development agency for voluntary, community and faith groups, drove the initiative locally.

Beneficiaries of the paint, which included Johnstone’s Vinyl Soft Sheen, Johnstone’s Covaplus and Leyland Super Leytex High Opacity Matt, include the Indian Community Centre, Hurst Cross Scouts and the Youcan Youth and Community group, alongside seven further projects.

Phil Calland, Carillion’s Work-Winning Supply Chain Manager, said: “This initiative has proved to be such a massive success that we have developed a partnership model that we are replicating for the benefit of the communities in other areas in which we work.”

Paul Smith, Business Development Manager (Healthcare & Education) for PPG, comments: “We are extremely proud to be working in conjunction with an initiative such as this, which is designed to give something back to the local community. Corporate Social Responsibility is hugely important to PPG and we are confident that this is merely the beginning of a fruitful partnership between Carillion and ourselves as we look to add a splash of colour to communities across the UK.”

Tameside-based training provider TNG put forward volunteers to help the recipients with the application of the paint as part of a new Community Task Force project. Support and Development Manager at the Tameside Third Sector Coalition, Naomi Sampson, said: “This generous offer has been fantastic for the sector, enabling organisations to maintain and upgrade their community facilities and save money at the same time.”

Kate O’Donnell, Head of Environmental Strategy at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, adds: “This initiative is an excellent example of the kind of cross-sector approach that will be needed more and more in future in order to protect local services while the Government reduces the budget deficit.”

Further information about PPG Architectural Coatings is available at and its brands Johnstone’s and Leyland at and respectively.

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