Mears launched DIY sessions to help residents maintain their homes.The Brighton & Hove branch of leading social housing repairs and maintenance specialist Mears has teamed up with Brighton & Hove City Council to run a series of DIY training days.Held at the local Mears office, the first two sessions taught decorating and tiling to residents in the Brighton & Hove area. James Cryer, Partnering Manager of Mears in Brighton & Hove, said: "The Mears culture is all about providing more than just our basic service. The tenants were keen to learn, so we were more than happy to offer courses."The one-day training centres taught residents how to cut and fill walls, how to identify the right type of paint, how to use a roller and how to prepare and finish woodwork, as well as types of tiling and adhesive, and how to cut and hang tiles by hand. Linda Shaw, one of the residents who took the course said: "The course was a welcome opportunity to get an insight into the repairs operation and to learn some new Skills. I think everyone enjoyed the day and left feeling more confident about tackling tiling jobs at home."Jo Smith of Brighton & Hove Council added: "The courses have been successful with a good response. Residents that have taken part are eager to use their new skills not only in their own homes but to help other members of the community. We are hoping to organise more workshops in the future which will cover other DIY skills."