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Workers volunteer with paint and brushes to spruce up centre

PUBLISHED: 22:47 23 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:38 05 October 2010

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CONTRACTORS working on major refurbishment of a housing estate in London’s East End volunteered while working in the neighbourhood to spruce up a community centre used for retraining people into jobs. They’ve been getting the brushes out to give a lick of paint to the training room at Bethnal Green’s Ada Marion Threshold centre which has been in bad needed redecorating on the Peabody Nags Head Estate

CONTRACTORS working on major refurbishment of a housing estate in London’s East End volunteered while they’ve been working in the neighbourhood to spruce up a community centre used for retraining people on the dole.

They’ve been getting the brushes out to give a lick of paint to the training room at Bethnal Green’s Ada Marion Threshold centre which has been in bad needed redecorating.

The contractors, Wates, made a community day’ of it on Friday (September 19) while working on the Peabody Nags Head Estate.

Peabody Trust, which runs a programme at the centre to help the long-term unemployment get training to find permanent jobs, was delighted with the new look.

“It’s so much easier training people in bright and well maintained surroundings,” said manager Andrew Slee. He was so delighted he insisted he and his team posed for a picture with the builders and some of the people on his training course.

The contractors, one of Britain’s biggest family-owned construction companies, has been going since 1897 and now has a workforce of 2,200 and a turnover last year of £949 million.

They hold a community’ event like this every year so their workers can “put something back” into the communities they work in.

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