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Women flock to DIY sessions

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Rising numbers of women in east London are turning their hand to DIY, according to a local housing provider. 

Circle Housing Old Ford, which runs an annual female only DIY workshop for its residents, says its sessions are proving so popular that extra courses are now being planned for this summer. The course teaches the students basic skills such as changing tap washers or using drills and can be used as a stepping stone to an entry level qualification in plumbing.

Course tutor Charmaine Brouard said: “We have been running the workshops for over three years and they are going from strength to strength. The stereotype of DIY being a man’s domain is well and truly being put to bed.

"The course is ideal for people who want to gain enough confidence to do the basics around the homes by themselves. However, occasionally we also have students who use it as a stepping stone to an apprenticeship and a career.”

Serina Ali, a student on the course, said: “Since attending the sessions I am definitely more aware of things that can potentially go wrong around the home and how to tackle them. I love my new found confidence and knowledge that I can do things for myself.”

The sessions are held every Tuesday over a six week period at Circle Housing Old Ford’s Construction Training Centre at Ollerton Green. The provider is planning to run further courses starting in July and residents interested in attending can contact Circle Housing Old Ford on 020 8980 5632.

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