Brushing up on decorating skills

Luciana Berger Visits B&Q-120118-029I was delighted to join housing charity Shelter and its partners B&Q at the DIY company’s new store on Edge Lane to brush up on my decorating skills, alongside local people who use Shelter services.

Luciana Berger Visits B&Q-120118-047I’m always pleased to support businesses like B&Q that team up with charities that use their resources and skills to make a difference.

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.

Luciana Berger Visits B&Q-120118-006Shelter 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.