Sheffield locals grab their paint brushes to revamp room

painting the last room at the commnunity centre, Annabel Cooper, Dave Dean, Alan Smith , Neil Vaughan, cllr John Campbell, Shahbaz Ramzan and Helen Eadon
painting the last room at the commnunity centre, Annabel Cooper, Dave Dean, Alan Smith , Neil Vaughan, cllr John Campbell, Shahbaz Ramzan and Helen Eadon
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Members of a Sheffield community united for a day of painting and decorating at a local resource centre.

An army of volunteers grabbed their rollers and paint brushes to give a lick of paint to a room in the Link Community Hub on Stradbroke Drive.

The room is the last in the building to get some TLC after the centre opened in May last year.

Centre founder Helen Eadon, who led the project with co-founder Nicola Quibell, said: “The work has taken place because we are starting advice and support drop-in sessions in that room.

“It’s going to be a multi-agency project where we have got housing officers, benefits advice, alcohol and drug advice, and adult learning. Coun John Campbell will also do his surgeries from there.

“When people have one issue, they usually have more than one problem so they can come in and all the help they may need is under one roof.

“They haven’t got to take a bus anywhere, make a phone call or go on the internet. Everything is there for them.”

The Link building used to be a hairdressers and lay empty for two years. Helen and her co-founders opened a nearly new shop on the site in 2013 and the profits have helped to fund the community hub.

The centre offers coffee mornings, guidance for job seekers, a youth club and a film club among other resources.

Helen said: “It’s taken a long time to get it up and running.

“I think because of the nature of the building it’s quite engaging and people feel safe and secure. It’s a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

“Since its opening it has absolutely taken off and the timetable is nearly full now.”

Helen said the painting and decorating day last week was a ‘fabulous’ occasion because the whole community united to get the job done.

“We had all the agencies here together.

“They’re all working together and enthusiastic and it builds a stronger community. They’re all there together under one roof now.

“It really is a model example which other areas of the city could copy. Every housing estate could have one of these community hubs.”

The drop-in sessions at the freshly painted room at 83 Stradbroke Drive will begin on April 16.

They will be held every Thursday thereafter from 1pm to 3pm.

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