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Cherwell residents become deft at DIY workshop

16 July 2015
Maureen Andrews at the workshop.

Creative Banbury residents have been given the skills to spruce up their homes thanks to a DIY workshop run by Sanctuary Housing and Banbury and Bicester College.

Free DIY workshops

The free DIY workshop, held at the college and led by staff, gave handy interactive demonstrations with items purchased from local furniture collection charity Faithworks Furniture Project being upcycled and given a new lease of life.


Maureen Andrews, resident and attendee at the workshop, commented: “I’m not that good at DIY, so this has made me more self-reliant. Upcycling a piece of furniture made me feel good, and I was surprised and pleased at what I’d achieved.”

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, added: “We organised these workshops in response to requests from residents who wanted to learn how to improve their homes creatively and cost effectively.

“Those who attended learned a great deal from the tutors and volunteers and I look forward to hearing about residents’ transformations in their homes.”

This project was funded by Sanctuary Housing who aim to invest in community-led projects which address the needs of their customers.

Rose Turner, principal of Banbury and Bicester College, said: “As a local education provider we are committed to working with partners in the community to meet skills needs. This partnership is an excellent example of how we can equip people with important life skills that can also build confidence and improve independence.”