Since discovering their local Community RePaint scheme, The Princes Trust Team Programme in Newham has been brightening lives across the borough with reusable, leftover paint that has been donated by householders, decorators and retailers for redistribution by Community RePaint Thurrock.

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a twelve week course for disadvantaged young people, “As part of the programme the team choose a project that will have a long lasting benefit for the community and then set about raising funds to make it possible,’” explained Team Leader, Ben Adefisan. “By using paint from our local Community RePaint scheme we were able to create a bright and welcoming environment for the children on the Rainbow Ward and still have money for the other materials that we couldn’t otherwise afford.

The makeover of the children’s ward at Newham University Hospital, London (pictured), is just one example, of how paint from Community RePaint is being used by The Prince’s Trust. Other projects chosen by the team so far have included improving the playground at Godwin Primary School with colourful, themed murals and the redecoration of the Hartley Community Centre, which homes a youth club, nursery and a range of evening classes and courses. They also run a Home Start scheme that offers support, friendship and practical help to enable parents to give their children a good start in life at the Community Centre and the decoration of their premises has helped to create an environment where visitors feel comfortable, welcome and valued.

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