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Handy residents learn ‘Changing Room’ style skills

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Published by Sophie Willett for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Education, Housing

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Plymouth residents are ready to transform their homes thanks to an interactive DIY course delivered by Shekinah, provider of help to socially disadvantaged people, and supported by Sanctuary Housing’s community investment fund.

The two-day workshop taught local residents, aged between 17 and 50 years of age, a wide range of DIY skills to put to use around the home. The handy workshop sessions allowed attendees to get stuck in and learn how to tackle the most common DIY problems, from painting and decorating, through to unblocking a sink.

The free training was a collaboration project between Shekinah and Sanctuary Housing. The South West charity furthered its reach in training local people, whilst the national housing provider was able to support its residents to become more independent at home.

James Hodge, a local resident who attended the two-day workshop, said: “The DIY sessions were a fun way to learn a range of skills. I can now paper walls and put up a shelf, tasks that sound easy but I never knew where to start or had the confidence to try.

“I really enjoyed the workshop and can’t wait to put my new skills to the test.”

Laura Crewes, Shekinah’s head of training, added: “The workshops were a great success and very well received by all who attended. The feedback was very positive and confirmed what the DIY sessions were set out to do – to increase confidence while being fun and enjoyable.

“Everyone here at Shekinah is extremely grateful for the funding from Sanctuary. The donation made the workshops possible, helping with promotion and training support.”

Molly Holmes, head of local partnerships for Sanctuary Housing, continued: “It’s fantastic to hear how successful the training workshops were for our Plymouth residents, and we are pleased everyone who attended enjoyed brushing up on their DIY skills.”

Along with training, Shekinah also provides help and support to homeless and socially disadvantaged people. This includes people recovering from addiction, ex-offenders, people with physical and mental health needs, and the long-term unemployed.

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