Shelter’s work across Merseyside is hugely valuable in supporting people to move in to new accommodation and make it their home.
Alongside Shelter service users, I was shown how to prepare and paint walls and hang wallpaper. A big thank you to Peter Halfpenny, B&Q’s Help & Advice manager, and Jo Cutler, Manager for Shelter.
Shelter say that 26 per cent of private renters in the North West feel that being able to decorate is what turns a flat or house into a home, making it easier to put down roots and stay in one place for the long-term.
B&Q is funding a team of six specialist Shelter DIY advisers located across the country to work with people at risk of losing their home, as well as those settling into a new home following homelessness. The retailer also supports Shelter’s front-line services which provide essential advice and support online, by phone and face-to-face.
B&Q and their customers have raised more than £300,000 for Shelter in the last year, to help fund vital front-line services. Workshop attendees were given a toolbox to support future home improvement projects, including a spirit level, set of screwdrivers, paintbrushes, wallpapering kit, tape measure and hammer.