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Victoria Lodge Day Day Centre in Wisbech is given a new lick of paint thanks to College of West Anglia students




A team of College of West Anglia students have redecorated Victoria Lodge Day Centre, Wisbech in just one day.

The day centre is run by Cambridgeshire County Council and provides day opportunities to adults with learning difficulties and older people some with dementia, running classes and workshops such as woodwork, cooking and supporting with independence skills.

Team leader, Hayley Bradshaw said: “The centre hasn’t been decorated in over 15 years and we wanted to spruce it up to make it a better environment for the people who use it day-in-day-out, so we looked to the local community for help.”

College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830930)
College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830930)

CWA Painting and decorating course director, Kevin Coates, offered the help of the entire class of the level 2 painting and decorating course at CWA’s Wisbech campus.

The seven students were joined by CWA Kevin, and local business owner, Terry Ardener, who owns a specialist moulding company and is the father of one of the centre’s users.

Terry shut up shop for the day, along with his entire workforce to help paint the centre and Brewers Decorating Centre donated 20 litres of paint for the college to use towards the project.

College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830932)
College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830932)

All the volunteers took around eight hours to paint the entire centre, which includes seven rooms, as well as bathrooms and corridors.

Work placement and careers co-ordinator, Guy Bridge, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage with the local community and gain valuable work experience. We look forward to participating in similar work experience projects in the future. I’d like to add a big thank you to Hayley for making the day so much fun, also to Josh Jolie and Sonya Williams (Brewers Decorator Centre) for their paint donation.”

College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830939)
College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830939)
College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830941)
College of West Anglia students in Wisbech gave the town's Victoria Lodge Day Centre a make-over. (20830941)

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