Volunteers muck in to freshen up community hub in Flint


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A community hub has received a sparkling renovation thanks to a group of volunteers.

A number of willing volunteers from the savoury snack manufacturer Calbee UK, based in Deeside Industrial Park, spent a busy day at the Old Court House Café and Community Hub in Flint.

Luke Graham, Amy Evans, Jon Ellis and Tracy Green, from Calbee UK, demonstrated their hidden talents as they did some painting and decorating to give the premises a freshen-up.

“Part of the building is used by the ODEL Involve service which supports disadvantaged people from across Flintshire and we wanted to brighten the area up, changing the darker coloured woodwork into a brilliant white gloss to make it more welcoming,” said Louise Blackwell, community development officer.

“The Calbee UK volunteers were absolutely brilliant and did a magnificent job. Their usual shift would have finished at 2pm but they stayed with us until 3pm to finish off the areas they were working on.”

“We’d like to say a huge thanks both to the volunteers and to Mags Kerns, HR Manager at Calbee UK for their continued friendship and support.

“Clwyd Alyn provided food and refreshments for the volunteers and Calbee brought along some of their tasty savoury snacks for those attending an upcycling workshop that was being held on the premises that day.”

This is not the first time that colleagues from Calbee UK have lent a helping hand as over the past year they have supported a number of community initiatives organised by the Clwyd Alyn Housing Association who manage the Old Court House.

Mags Kerns, said: “We are absolutely delighted to help out this great project in any way we can. Previously we have run ‘job-ready’ workshops at the venue to give interview and job application hints and tips to those seeking employment.

“This time it was a case of rolling our sleeves up and offering more practical assistance and I can safely say that our four colleagues who attended had great fun too.”

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