Building society staff complete colourful Christmas makeover

11 Dec 2014
by Neil Skinner

Building society staff swapped mortgages and savings accounts for paint brushes and rollers this week – as they brought about a stunning living room transformation at a home for homeless young women.

The Nottingham Building Society, which has been supporting homelessness charity Framework for the last four years, volunteered 11 of its staff to help transform the dark and dilapidated room at Aidan House, in Tewkesbury Drive.

Staff, not content with merely painting the walls, completed a total Christmas makeover of the room – sourcing new furniture and decorations from suppliers. As if that wasn’t enough, they also sourced a Christmas tree and presents to go under it.

The results were formally unveiled at the service yesterday.

Sue Owen-Bailey, Senior Community Assistant at The Nottingham, said: “It’s been a really fun couple of days and I have been delighted by how many people – staff and customers – have got involved in this effort. We have a long history of helping people to enjoy homes in our community, so when we heard about this opportunity to help Framework we jumped at the chance.”

Alison Dunbar, Assistant Branch Manager at The Furnishing Service, contributed two new sofas to the makeover. She added: “This has been a really good project for us to get involved in and it is great to see the difference these new sofas have made to this room. They help to make a comfortable communal space, which is especially important in the run up to Christmas.”

Andrea Carver, partnerships manager at Framework, added: “This was a room badly in need of a makeover. Before The Nottingham arrived it was dark, dingy and in desperate need of a change. The existing sofas were tired and uncomfortable and it really was not a welcoming space to sit in. We are delighted with the new look and would like to thank everyone for getting involved in the project. This is a great example of how businesses and charities can work together in different ways.”

*Picture caption (L-R) Andrea Carver, Sue Owen-Bailey, Jess Jackson, Marie Lewin, and Alison Dunbar, of The Furnishing Service.

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