Sunderland volunteers given Challenge Anneka-style task to revamp community centre

Communiity Support Worker Deborah Johnson (left), instructing students Gavin Nightingale, Robert Gibbons, Amanda Hallard and Alex Hutchinson transform the garden as part of the refurbishments at Harraton Community Centre, Washington.

Communiity Support Worker Deborah Johnson (left), instructing students Gavin Nightingale, Robert Gibbons, Amanda Hallard and Alex Hutchinson transform the garden as part of the refurbishments at Harraton Community Centre, Washington.

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VOLUNTEERS have been given a week to complete a community makeover.

The challenge is to redecorate and refurbish Harraton Community Centre.

It has been undertaken by a team of staff, volunteers and members of the public.

The buildings and gardens were a gift from Harraton Miners Welfare, but had become neglected before being taken over by the volunteers who now run them as a charity.

Lending her support was Mayor of Sunderland Coun Norma Wright, who went to see the activities for herself.

Coun Wright said: “I am delighted to have been invited to come along and give my support to the volunteers involved with the Director’s Challenge, and wish everyone here at Harraton Community Centre the best of luck.”

Susan Pluse, part of the charity committee which runs the centre, said: “Harraton Community Centre has needed something like this done for a number of year, and the volunteers are doing a fantastic job.

“We are a charity and the centre is self-funded, so hopefully people will see the improvements being made to the gardens and interior and want to become more involved with what we do here.”

Neil Revely, director of health, housing and adult services, who issued the challenge, said: “Our group meets regularly to decide where we can best devote our time to helping the community.

“And we thought that the community centre would benefit from our help.

“Harraton Community Centre committee will provide materials and we will provide the volunteers, who will be working all week to redecorate some of the community rooms and landscape the gardens.

He added: “Our team will be led by people with disabilities, to help raise awareness of the massive contribution they make to our community and remind people that they are just as able as anyone else when it comes to helping friends and neighbours.”

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