Volunteers ‘brush up’ their skills

A TEAM of volunteers from National Grid were ‘brushing up’ their skills on Friday (April 20th) when they lent a hand to support local people with learning disabilities.

The group of eight volunteers from the Warwick-based company spent the day hard at work for Heart of England Mencap, pulling out their paintbrushes to re-decorate the living room of one of the charity’s residential homes in Drayton Avenue, Stratford.

Cath Errington, Fundraising Manager for Heart of England Mencap, said: “We support many of our customers to live independently in the local area. This enables them to live with friends, but ensures that they are safe and that their care needs are met. As a charity, all the funding we get is spent on the care and essential maintenance, so we don’t have the resources to keep updating the décor. Having a team of volunteers enables us to get a job done, and spruce up a room where they spend a lot of time together. The customers picked their own colour scheme and National Grid also provided funding for the paint and some soft furnishings.”

Heart of England Mencap supports individuals with learning disabilities, working across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Services range from day activities to residential care, with supported living, short breaks, respite and outreach also a key part of the charity’s work.

For more information call 01789 298709 or go online at www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk