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Gateshead residents paint the town red

Residents in a high-rise block in central Gateshead have been brushing up on their DIY skills by helping to refurbish part of their block.

Warwick Court residents, along with The Gateshead Housing Company and its repairs contractor Mears have been sprucing up their communal lounge as part of ongoing improvements to facilities in high-rise blocks.

Tenants joined in the work recently by helping to repair damaged surfaces, repaint walls and ceilings and laying new flooring.

Once completed, it is hoped the new-look lounge will encourage residents to use the facilities for community events, training and as a learning resource.

Residents are also working with the housing company, Gateshead Council and Unison to set up a new joint residents group for Warwick and nearby Regent Court.

The housing company is also planning to use the venue in the future to host some of its free 'Moving Forward' training sessions, which include sessions on running your home and managing your money.

Martin Poulter, Neighbourhood Services Manager for Central Gateshead, said: "The refurbishment of the communal lounge is part of an ongoing programme of improvements to more than 20 high-rise blocks across the borough.

"The aim is to encourage residents to get involved with the community, meet new people, take part in free training sessions, and find out about other activities and schemes in their area."
Julie Bell, Customer Care Manager, Mears said: "Mears is delighted to be involved in improving the facilities for local residents. We hope the communal lounge brings the community together and is enjoyed by all who use it whether it be for a cup of coffee and a chat or to learn new skills"




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