VOLUNTEERS’ Week inspired staff from Warrington Housing Association to give a community centre a much-needed makeover.

The team helped to paint three rooms in the Fairfield and Howley Community Project on Fairfield Street and were also involved in creating new signage, bunting and ceramic letters.

This was all part of Volunteers’ Week which ran from June 1-7 and encouraged residents to give up their time to worthy causes.

Emma Brown, manager of the centre, who has been involved for 12 years as a volunteer and then an employee, said: “Warrington Housing Association helped massively when we first opened the centre to get us off the ground.

“The project started out with scout groups and bingo and has grown and grown, from community groups to corporate events.

“We wanted to build a community venue that is so much more than just a building, a space where people can come together and try new activities – and we have achieved that.

“The help that Warrington Housing Association has given us for Volunteers’ Week means so much, as with the spruced-up rooms we have the opportunity to rent them out more.”

Beth Blenkinship, community development officer for Warrington Housing Association, said: “Central to our work is being part of the communities that we serve – so we were all delighted to help.

“It feels really rewarding to know that people in the community will enjoy the newly painted rooms and features for the many fantastic events and activities that happen at the community centre.”