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Residents at a homeless hostel take the lead on room makeover

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

Residents at Savernake Road, Chelmsford, a Sanctuary Supported Living scheme for homeless people, have been learning the tricks of the painting and decorating trade as they gave the scheme’s recreation room a flash makeover.

As part of the two day property improvement event, residents were given the chance to take part in a training course, learning about the different elements of painting, thanks to Sanctuary Maintenance and the Managed Services division of national builders’ merchant, Travis Perkins. 

After spending the past three months designing and costing the project themselves, the eight residents put their news skills into practice by adding a splash of colour to a feature wall, which brought the room to life.

Sharon Lewis, Local Services Manager at Savernake, said: “It was great to have the professional skills of the Sanctuary Maintenance operatives and Travis Perkins Managed Services on site to lead the day and develop real life/employment skills for residents. The recreation room looks really fresh and vibrant and I felt proud of the residents for taking the lead in the design and redecoration.”

Antony Gill, a resident at Savernake, is hoping the experience he gained from the event will help him gain his Construction Skills Certificate Scheme card, allowing him to work on construction sites.

Antony said: “I start the course in January and I am hoping this event will help me get my trade card. I enjoyed taking part in the redecoration activity and the Sanctuary Maintenance team were a joy to work with.”

The event has come as an early Christmas present for residents who wanted a place they could use to socialise with each other. Staff from Travis Perkins, who provided the materials for the day, also left residents with enough paint to continue developing their skills and decorate the scheme’s lounge.

James Clack, Travis Perkins Managed Services Sales Director, said: “TP Managed Services is delighted to be supporting these initiatives as supply chain partner to Sanctuary Maintenance. The projects represent a ‘legacy’ from the partnership which allows TP to deliver real benefits to the community as well as the supply of repair and maintenance materials.”

The event gave residents a valuable set of DIY skills and at the end of the course, which was led by PPL training, the official training partner of Travis Perkins, they were provided with a certificate to show their involvement.  

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