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Our WHA team help give a community centre a makeover

The team helped to paint three rooms in the building on Fairfield Street, Howley, created new signage, bunting, ceramic letters, cleaned and much more – as part of Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7).

Emma Brown, manager of the centre, who has been involved for 12 years – starting out as a volunteer and then an employee, said: “Warrington Housing Association helped massively when we first opened the centre to get us off the ground. The project started out with scout groups and bingo and has grown and grown, from community groups to corporate events.

“We wanted to build a community venue that is so much more than just a building, a space where people can come together and try new activities – and we have achieved that.

“The help that Warrington Housing Association has given us for Volunteers’ Week means so much, as with the spruced-up rooms – we have the opportunity to rent them out more and I would like to say a big thank you.”

Fairfield and Howley Community Project is open six days a week and holds classes from Spanish, photography, reflexology, and aromatherapy to yoga, parents’ groups, karate, art and Slimming World.

Beth Blenkinship, Community Development Officer for Warrington Housing Association, said: “It was great to see the whole Warrington Housing Association team getting stuck in to give the centre a facelift.

“Central to our work is being part of the communities that we serve – so we are all delighted to help. With it being National Fish and Chip day when we were there, we all enjoyed a lunch together and that really helped to spur us on!

“It feels really rewarding to know that people in the community will enjoy the newly painted rooms and features for the many fantastic events and activities that happen at the community centre.”