Local charity Community Furniture Project Basingstoke is celebrating the 18th year of their Community RePaint scheme, having first opened their doors to paint reuse in 2005.

Staff and volunteers from Community RePaint Basingstoke have been collecting paint that would otherwise have gone for disposal and redistributed it to individuals, charities and community groups at affordable prices to help brighten homes and community spaces.

Community Furniture Project Basingstoke provides practical support for people through reuse, together with varied volunteering, supported volunteering and accredited training opportunities. The project sells a wide range of donated furniture, electrical and household items including chairs, sofas, tables, beds, fridges, washing machines, bric-a-brac and of course, affordable paint.

The scheme collects useable, leftover paint from businesses, retailers and paint manufacturers in the local area and in the past 10 years alone, the scheme has collected more than 28,300 litres of paint. They have redistributed over 17,000 litres of paint to local communities, brightening the lives of approximately 28,000 lives in Basingstoke and surrounding communities.

Project Manager Phelim O’Hagan has said: “Community RePaint Basingstoke offers a simple, local solution to the problem of waste paint. By reusing leftover paint in our community, we can bring a splash of colour to the lives of those who need it the most and help to protect the planet by preventing perfectly good paint from being disposed of.”

The UK wide Community RePaint network manager, Martin Pearse, reflected “Community RePaint Basingstoke have done a fantastic job over the last 18 years. The celebrations provide a great opportunity to recognise all the hard work that has gone into making the scheme such a success and to reflect on all their achievements which has brightened community spaces and homes over the years. We are excited to continue supporting the scheme and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in years to come.”

If you are a trader, manufacturer or retailer with leftover paint you can contact the scheme to find out how they can help you.

If you need paint to redecorate your home, or if you are a charity or community group in need of paint for a project, get in touch with Community RePaint Basingtoke to find out more phelim@cfpbasingstoke.org / 01256 320 700, or visit them during their opening hours to purchase paint. They are based at Unit 6 Joule Road, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 6XH and are open Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm and Saturday: 9am – 12:15pm, 1pm to 5pm.

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