Whitefriars’ Charity Makeover

Fred Wilkinson, David Horner and Ian Harrison (Whitefriars Homeworks), Darron Ashfield (AkzoNobel) and Russell Johnson (Swanswell)


Friday, 10 April 2015 

Employees from Coventry’s largest housing provider teamed up with a paint manufacturer to makeover consultation rooms at Swanswell Independent Living Service in Norton Street, Coventry.

A team from Whitefriars Housing spent an afternoon painting three rooms - used to provide one-to-one support – aided by  the decorating expertise of Whitefriars’ Homeworks team, with paint and materials supplied by AkzoNobel. 

The makeover forms part of a series of community projects that the Homeworks team completes throughout the year. 

Ian Harrison, Programme Works Manager at Homeworks said: “We really enjoy spending half a day away from our usual day job, and doing something that we know will make a difference.

“It’s a small project but it has a big impact on the service users and staff at Swanswell.”

Swanswell supports people recovering from alcohol and drugs dependency. It estimates around two million people in the UK are dependent on alcohol and drugs.  

Its Norton Street centre receives over 2,500  visits a year, providing a range of advice and support services including job clubs and peer led support groups. 

Darron Ashfield, Specifier Account Manager at AkzoNobel said: “We believe in the power of colour and are committed to making a positive difference to communities by ‘Adding colour to peoples’ lives.  

“As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility we are encouraged to get involved in local projects and it was a pleasure to be able to support this initiative with Ian and his team. We work very closely with the wider WM Housing Group providing specification solutions with paint brands such as Dulux and Armstead.”

Homeworks carries out most of Whitefriar's day to day repairs to customers homes, completing around 70,000 jobs every year and employing 180 people across a variety of trades.

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