Residents complete DIY training and re-open newly decorated communal room
Published by Tina for Spectrum Housing Group in Housing
Residents of Norton Place, Exmouth, had an official re-opening of their communal living room on Thursday (1 November) following their hard work in re-decorating it themselves and were presented a cheque for £120 by Spectrum Signpost to assist in finishing off the room with items such as a pinboard for their ‘events wall’.
The opening evening, attended by friends, family, staff and local Councillor Jill Elson, celebrated the residents completing the DIY training they undertook at the end of September. The training was provided by Spectrum Property Care and taught residents, who have a range of learning difficulties, how to prepare walls and decorate in order to increase their skills and confidence to maintain their own homes. A great example of partnership working between Spectrum Signpost, Spectrum Property Care, Crown Paints and Westcountry Housing.
The residents were presented certificates of achievements as well as a goody bag containing safety gloves, goggles, masks, brushes, rollers and painting tip sheets to help them continue using their new found skills. The training has certainly inspired the residents, one of the residents, Anna Goltz-Holden, has since started renovating her bathroom in her home.
Community Investment Manager, Maria Wilkinson, said “Once they had their initial talk regarding health and safety and given protective equipment they were keen to get going and instead of using the training walls decided to start using the real walls of their lounge and the results are fantastic, the communal room looks great. We’d like to thank Spectrum Property Care for providing the training and also to Crown Paints who kindly donated all the paint”.
Amanda Isaacs, Supported Housing Officer, added “The residents have been greatly inspired by the training and have been really pleased by the results of their hard work. They were delighted to receive the £120 from Spectrum Signpost as it will allow them to buy the purpose built pinboards for the new ‘events wall’. Every year the residents raise funds for the benefit of others in the community and the new ‘events wall’ captures their activities and achievements in both raising money and any training or events they become involved with.”