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Ark House gets a makeover

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Residents at Ark House, supported housing for homeless young people in Stroud, have given the building a makeover, helped by Bromford, Novus Property Solutions and Dulux Trade.

Property maintenance and refurbishment specialist Novus had been contracted to carry out an internal redecoration of Ark House for Bromford who suggested involving its customers to develop and build on life experiences that will help them in rebuilding their lives and moving towards training and employment. Novus’ decorators mentored residents to take ownership of redecorating their own rooms, 20 in total, with paint supplied by Dulux Trade.

Alexis Brooks, Ark House Scheme Manager, said: “This is about making Ark House more than just temporary accommodation for our residents, giving them a home and a place to be proud of for as long as they are here. We support them to make changes to their lives and they can now leave their own legacy when they move on to better things.”

Regional Manager for Novus, Andy Woodhouse said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership to make this happen. When we were contracted to do the work, we agreed to support where we could to help change people’s lives for the better. Corporate social responsibility is core to our business and this initiative highlights how importantly we take it.”

Duncan Lochhead, Commercial Marketing Manager at Dulux Trade, said: “Redecorating can really transform a living space. We hope the young people at Ark House get a sense of what’s possible as they brighten up their rooms. Thanks to Novus and Bromford for letting us help out on this project.”

Ark House iPad winnerAlexis continued: “The youngsters got really getting involved and there was even a bit of healthy competition as Novus offered a laptop for the best decorated room.” Resident Kisty Rule, aged 17, was awarded the laptop for best finish, neatness and care taken to protect carpets. She also stood out as she painted most of another room as well as her own. Kisty said: “The painters were good teachers, even though they had a job to do they still took the time to provide advice and mentor us in redecorating our own rooms. Before, I would have rated my room a zero out of ten, but now it has been redecorated I would give it a ten out of ten. This whole experience has been positive and an eye opener and I would even consider a job as a painter now.”

Other residents said: “It was great that we were asked to be involved, it shows we are trusted. The person who had my room before me did not leave it in good state, so I have now been able to make it more homely.”

“Overall this was a good experience, I am really pleased with my room and it was great to be able to choose the colours myself. The skills I have learnt will be handy as well for one day when I get my own home.”

“This painting project has been great, the communal areas now look fresh and clean again and make the place at lot nicer to live in. All the rooms are definitely more homely and I strongly believe that because we all got involved we will all now take a bit more ownership of the building and our rooms.”

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