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Volunteers “bank” work to community theatre thanks to Timebank

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Published by Becki Ord for IPB Communications in Communities and also in Housing

Timebank volunteers give the foyer of Salford Arts Theatre a lick of paint. Timebank volunteers give the foyer of Salford Arts Theatre a lick of paint.

Salford Arts Theatre has been given a makeover in time for the panto season thanks to the volunteer hours banked by the Pendleton Together Timebank.

The team behind the £650 million regeneration of Pendleton has pledged to work alongside local people to bank hours of volunteer labour or supply materials to support community projects.

With paint brushes and tools at the ready, a group of volunteers from Pendleton Together painted the walls and floor, replaced the suspended ceiling and fitted new lighting in the foyer of Salford Arts Theatre on Sunday (24 November) to repair the damage caused by a leaky roof.

The Timebank still has a variety of skills and materials banked that can be put to good use in Pendleton and the team can clock-in to improve community spaces, get stuck in to some guerrilla gardening or even help develop a business plan to nurture new enterprise.

Paul Longshaw, Programmes Director for Salford City Council, said:  "The ethos of the Timebank sits comfortably within our ambition to have everyone working collaboratively, to help enhance Pendleton's bold and thriving community.

“The Timebank adds value to the large scale investment programme that is underway and I am pleased that our regeneration partner has really stepped up to the mark so quickly by helping to put words into action on important but sometimes forgotten community improvements."

Timebank volunteers were made up of Pendleton Together consortium members Salford Council and Keepmoat, and its contractors Solargen Energy Ltd and Cara Ltd. Materials were supplied Met Excel Ltd and HR Decorators.

Regeneration specialist Keepmoat has also replaced the theatre’s leaky roof and installed a new heating system in recent months.

Paul Hughes, Area Director for Keepmoat, said: "Keepmoat is keen to support worthwhile local community initiatives like the Salford Arts Theatre and we are delighted to be playing our part in the Pendleton Timebank.

“It was great to be able to help out and to call on the people and businesses who had already pledged resources to the Timebank in order to ensure that the refurbishment works were completed quickly, without causing major disruption to the day-to-day running of this worthwhile local initiative.”

A delighted Roni Ellis, Artistic Director at Salford Arts Theatre, said: “We can’t thank the volunteers enough for giving up their Sunday to come and give our foyer a facelift.

“This year has been such an important year for us and to round things off we are sold out for our Christmas panto. Lots of people will be coming through the theatre’s doors for the first time and first impressions count. Thanks to the Timebank team we will really make an impact.”

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