Volunteers to add gloss to centre

BRUSHING UP -- Members of the team at The Newstead Centre, which is set to benefit from a grant from Dulux to give the building a lick of paint. Pictured (from left) are Jennie Kirkwood, of Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN), which is based at the centre, Melanie Saxton, Chris Sharpe and Nicola Tewson -- DISPIC NMAC12-2018-1.
BRUSHING UP -- Members of the team at The Newstead Centre, which is set to benefit from a grant from Dulux to give the building a lick of paint. Pictured (from left) are Jennie Kirkwood, of Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN), which is based at the centre, Melanie Saxton, Chris Sharpe and Nicola Tewson -- DISPIC NMAC12-2018-1.

STAFF at Newstead Centre are on a mission to recruit volunteers who can help with some light repair work and pick up a brush to help give the building a fresh lick of paint.

After securing a paint grant from the world-renowned company Dulux through the charity Groundwork, staff want to hear from enthusiastic folk who can get stuck into preparing and painting the walls at Newstead Centre and Youth Centre on Tilford Road.

They also want skilled tradesmen and women to help carry out some repair work to give the building, which is a focal point in the village, a fresh makeover.

In turn, the tradesmen will be asked to work with some of the young members of the youth club to give them a taste of the skills needed to become a tradesman.

Nicola Tewson, from Newstead Centre, said: “This is an opportunity for people to make new friends.

“It will bring the community together and by coming to the centre, they will be able to see what it’s like.”

It is hoped that the preparation work will be done over the summer so that the painting can be completed by September.

By volunteering, staff at the centre also want to showcase the activities and facilities on offer at Newstead Centre, which include Tai Chi, a bar, a cafe, a play area, bowls and crafts.

“People can come along and have lunch or a cup of tea,” added Nicola.

Anyone who would like to take part should call the centre on 01623 720140, e-mail admin@newsteadcentre.co.uk or search for it on Facebook.