Local charity Northumberland Community Enterprise Ltd, based at Stobhill Link, is celebrating the 20th year of their Community RePaint scheme, having first opened their doors to paint reuse in 2003.

Staff and volunteers from Community RePaint Morpeth 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.

Stobhill Link operates various initiatives and projects to better the lives of disadvantaged people living within Stobhill, Morpeth and throughout Southeast Northumberland. They offer volunteer opportunities and address local issues such as health and wellbeing, unemployment, skills building, horticulture and social inclusion. Alongside all of this, they operate the Community RePaint Morpeth scheme.

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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 14,000 litres of paint. They have redistributed over 11,000 litres of paint to local communities, saving money and brightening the lives in Morpeth and surrounding communities.

“The aim of celebrating our birthday is not only to mark this important milestone, but also to raise awareness of the scheme locally so more people can benefit,” said Community Coordinator Sarah Robinson. “Community RePaint Morpeth 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.”

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The UK wide Community RePaint network manager, Martin Pearse, reflected “Community RePaint Morpeth have done a fantastic job over the last 20 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 Morpeth to find out more enquiries@ncenterprise.org.uk / 01670 519575 and to book an appointment to purchase paint. They are based at 37 Shields Road, Stobhill, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2SA.

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