During February 2023 half term, a group of nine young adults, taking part in the Prince’s Trust Programme, and an individual from HMRC volunteering worked together to add some colour to a community centre’s garden wall in Bootle, Liverpool.

The finished community mural in the garden of a Bootle-based community centre.

The team at Prince’s Trust contacted Community RePaint interested in purchasing white masonry leftover paint for their mural project. The central Community RePaint team liaised with the Prince’s Trust to link them up with their local Community RePaint Liverpool scheme, run by Big Help Project, to purchase affordable paint for their community project.

Alongside collecting leftover paint for reuse from local retailers, businesses and traders, which is sorted, processed and displayed at the scheme, available for local individuals, families and community groups to purchase from £2 a litre, Community RePaint Liverpool also redistributes ReColour remanufactured paint.

ReColour remanufactured paint is bulk produced from leftover paint that is filtered, treated and blended to produce a high-quality range of emulsion, masonry and chalk paint, available in over 20 colours. The paint is available to purchase from some schemes within the network (click here to search for your nearby scheme) or, for projects requiring over 60 litres of paint, ReColour remanufactured paint can also be ordered directly to your project’s door. Click here for more information. 

For this project, the Prince’s Trust team opted to purchase two 5-litre tubs of Brilliant White masonry ReColour paint, which our Liverpool Community RePaint scheme delivered to the project’s door.

Caroline Murphy, Programme Support Officer at the Prince’s Trust let us know:

“We had a great experience with the staff at Community Repaint. The staff at Community RePaint Liverpool were helpful and understanding about a last-minute change of plan and arranged an alternative day for the paint to be delivered. Great quality paint made our project look great!”

The white masonry paint was used to whitewash the garden wall at Linacre Community Centre, Bootle, to enable the young adults participating in the Prince’s Trust Programme to use the wall as a blank canvas, to design and create a bright and fun mural to add a splash of colour to the community centre’s garden.

The garden at the Bootle-based community centre before work on the community mural had begun. A brick wall painted with white ReColour masonry paint as part of a community mural in the garden of a Bootle-based community centre.

At the end of the project, the students unveiled the mural with a handover presentation to the owners to the community centre.

Megan, one of the participants taking part in the Prince’s Trust Programme, let us know:

“The community project was good. We all worked together as a team and thanks to the help of Community RePaint, we made the garden area look clean and tidy with a nice mural painted on the wall.”

Community RePaint has over 65 schemes across the country, providing paint starting from £2 a litre. If you need paint for your home, community project, or a mural like this one, find your nearest scheme here.

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