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Griffin Place gets makeover

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Colleagues and customers are giving their home in Aylesbury a makeover, as residents get more involved in community life.

Colleagues and customers are giving their home in Aylesbury a makeover, as residents get more involved in community life.

The team has been brightening up the community room at Griffin Place - an award winning support service, which helps homeless individuals and families achieve a better quality of life - to make it more family friendly. Customers will then be able to add some finishing touches over the next few weeks.

Bromford Support's Rubina Sharif, who manages Griffin Place said: "We were keen to involve customers to make their time at Griffin Place more comfortable and sociable. The community hall is the first part to be transformed. Once the colour scheme had been decided (teal and a chocolate brown) staff members happily gave up their time to get the job done."

With the painting finished and the room looking brighter, new facilities have been introduced including a pool table and a Nintendo Wii. Now following a day of job search, finding permanent accommodation or a busy day at college or work, customers can look forward to successful "Wii evenings", pool tournaments and various fun activities. The community room is a place where residents can now socialise during the day, with regular groups and other education and support activities from keep fit to flower arranging.

Tabitha Wilkins, Locum Support Worker said: "Getting involved with the painting was really fun. We all felt it was time to give the community hall a face-lift. It looks great now."

Customers can also play their own music with a new iPod dock in the hall, with comfortable tub chairs and decorations around the area, making it a much more sophisticated and sociable environment. There have also been painting sessions, with the resulting canvases proudly hanging in various corridors across Griffin Place.

Future projects in the pipeline include:
• A gardening project growing flowers and hopefully an allotment area. The team would love to hear from anyone who could donate anything from seeds to garden implements.
• Regular themed customer lunches to discuss how things are, what could be improved and to get ideas and feedback
• A swap shop for customers to exchange items without money changing hands
• "Hang out hut" for the older children
• A football pitch.