DIY course to give previously homeless men and women skills for life

15 Apr 2015
by Victoria Harrison

A decorating course will provide opportunities for Framework residents to refresh their bedrooms and practice skills that could help them to find work in the future.

Representatives of decorating contractors Bell Group UK will launch training on Monday, April 15 with a number of service users living at Elizabeth House in Gedling. The service caters for 21 people aged from 16 upwards, all of whom have experienced homelessness as a result of troubled lives.

The workshops will teach basic DIY skills, allowing volunteers to prepare, paint and finish walls of their rooms. This incentive aims to build confidence and encourage team working. There will also be an opportunity for residents to explore training and employment opportunities with the company.

Being a family owned and operated business, supporting underrepresented youths within the communities where we work is very much a part of our core values and company culture. I believe that this collaboration between Bell Group and Framework will open doors and provide opportunities to individuals who maybe haven’t had many chances in life and who have been touched by homelessness. Volunteers may not have had a chance to build up skills that may serve them in later life and we are delighted to offer the tools and knowledge to build on underlying talent. Those who engage will have control over the outcome of their living space but also have a unique opportunity to begin making steps towards a new career.

Craig Bell, Operations Director, Bell Group UK

All the painting materials have been kindly donated by local partner Crown Paints. 

We were delighted to be working with Bell Group on this project. Crown Paints have a long standing partnership for 30 years with Bell Group and we are proud to be associated with such a high profile contract, improving lives and their surroundings for people living with Framework.

 Paul Burton, Contractor Sales Manager, Crown Paints

I am very much looking forward to the start of the course on Monday and am so grateful to members of Bell Group and Crown Paints who are providing both materials and expertise. We have had a good level of interest from current residents and I hope that the results of this project will stretch beyond the residents’ bedrooms and help to improve their future prospects as well.

Hyacinth Hall, Assistant Manager, Elizabeth House

The end of the course will be marked will a celebration attended by the Mayor of Gedling on Friday, April 17. The Mayor will present certificates to each volunteer in the presence of friends and family of residents and staff from partnership groups.

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