An initiative which has helped hundreds of East Lancashire households brighten up their lives has itself found a new home.
Community RePaint, run by Community Solutions, was launched more than a year ago at their Accrington headquarters.
But with demand continuing the scheme, which collects unused and leftover paint for repackaging or reprocessing, is now based at the organisation’s centre off Trafalgar Street in Burnley.
Co-ordinator Bill Staines said: “The paint is collected from retailers, or manufacturers, but is now surplus to requirements “It may be end-of-line, mis-mixed or in a dented or marked tin. However, it is new, full and reusable.
“The brands, type and colour of our clearance stock is always changing. So it is best to visit or contact us on a regular basis to find out what is available.”
The scheme also offers premium quality recycled paint, which is made from reprocessed water-based interior emulsion, which has been blended, coloured and repackaged.
Part of a national network, sponsored by the decorating giant Dulux, the initiative gets through around 400,000 litres of paints across its 75 branches.
Paint is also provided for neighbourhood community initiatives, with Springfield Community Centre in Burnley being one of the first recipients and a number of locations benefiting since.
Community RePaint is just one of a number of civic efforts being marshalled by Community Solutions from its Burnley and Accrington offices, including the food bank for Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle.
In partnership with Lancashire County Council, the organisation offers a befriending service for those aged 18 or over, to combat the twin threats of isolation and loneliness.
And their street soccer academy, working with FA qualified coaches to provide weekly sessions for men with multiple and complex needs, has been rolled out to Hyndburn and Burnley St Peter’s leisure centres.
If you would like to buy low-cost paint, or donate leftover supplies, then contact Bill Staines on 01282 222030 or e-mail him on firstname.lastname@example.org