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Sanctuary Responds to a DIY SOS in the South West

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Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing

Sanctuary Maintenance Operative at Watcombe Community Centre Sanctuary Maintenance Operative at Watcombe Community Centre

Over twenty local companies and tradesman in and around Watcombe have come together in a DIY SOS project that will make the town’s community centre accessible for people with disabilities.

The project began after a £3,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing who funded part of the refurbishment. The rest of the materials and labour were donated by local trade including Sanctuary Housing’s sister company Sanctuary Maintenance.

Carpenters and plumbers from Sanctuary Maintenance’s south west team are carrying out the final works to the project that is due to be completed at the end of this week.

Ian Howse, South West Operations Manager at Sanctuary Maintenance, said: “The refurbishment has brought the whole community together to make a public centre more accessible for everyone.

“We are delighted to be able to contribute to such an exciting project.”

Local residents also have the chance to rename the centre after a competition launched by the centre’s committee.

Gordon Jennings, Chair of the Community Centre Committee, said: “We are so pleased with the support local people have given this project. It proves that the centre is at the heart of our community and therefore it seemed right to give residents the chance to rename it.”

The new name will be announced at the launch event on 22 February 2014 that will bring residents and the local trade that have contributed to the project together with an afternoon of community lunch swap shop – families can swap unwanted items, while enjoying tasty refreshments at the new hub of their neighbourhood.   

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