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Community Care for Solihull Mind Charity

USL Ekspan are proud to be have been involved and be part of HE Area 9 Alliance’s creative collaboration. This will raise awareness and funds for the charity to deliver support services that will benefit both the physical and mental wellbeing of their local community.

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The Highways England Area 9 Alliance members were set a Christmas Challenge to help local communities and foster the spirit of collaboration between the 15 members.


The organisations each donated £1000 to the initiative and were split into three groups and given two weeks to deliver their projects, with the winners having the lion’s share of the remaining pot to donate to their chosen charity.

Team Synergy consisted of representatives from HE delivery partners Camps Highways, Carnell, CLM, Roocroft and USL Ekspan.

Solihull Mind supporters

Team Synergy headed by Chris Davies – pictured here fourth from the left

Team captain Chris Davies, Technical Consultant at USL Ekspan, commented:

“We looked to think creatively involving those who have been affected by the covid crisis. As well as the direct effects the virus has had on people’s lives, we know the toll it has taken on mental wellbeing, reduced charitable donations and how it has devastated the arts industry. We sought to combine these aspects by creating murals both to raise awareness of a number of charities and brighten up the environment at one of the charity projects. We engaged with Art4Charity in Birmingham who connected us with a street artist and delivered the project at Solihull Mind. While on site, our team carried out maintenance activities around the site to improve their facilities.”

Gent 48 aka Josh Billingham - graffiti artist commissioned to create the 3-part mural

Dave Skerrett, Chair of Board of Trustees at the Mind, Solihull said:

“We are delighted to have been chosen to be the charity supported by Team 5ynergy. In addition to the kindly donated funds to our charity, the mural to our horticulture project site both promotes mental health awareness with the wider public and benefits the wellbeing of all.”

The legacy from the Highways England Area 9 Alliance will continue through sales of the artwork which is being printed, framed and signed by the artist to sell to community members and beyond which will generate increased funds for the charity.

Watch full video below.


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