Veterans’ Garage – co-founded in 2015 by the Redshaws, an ex-military family suffering the impacts of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – has created a unique approach to providing support for military veterans and emergency service personnel.
The family’s aim was to provide a stable social hub for ex-servicemen and women to learn new skills, socialize and receive support and advice with in-house welfare programs.
The project was named North-West Social Enterprise of the Year 2017.
“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 utilizing 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 Acrylic Primer Undercoat and Satin Trim system. Alongside the portacabin sits a Grade II listed, WWII airport terminal building which The Peel Group donated.
The team seeks to preserve and enhance VG’s historical features by designing the Grade II listed building in an Art Deco style – and transforming the building into a multi-functional space, housing stylish lounges, club meeting and business facilities. A luxury restaurant will surround the downstairs car and motorcycle restoration garage for ex-service personnel of all ages to collaborate, restoring classic cars and motorcycles, whilst raising money and awareness.
“HMG is proud to be part of such an inspirational project. The Redshaws have created a unique and welcoming place for all, open 7 days a week, and the main project hasn’t even started yet,” said Gracienne Ikin, HMG Paints’ marketing and communications executive.
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.