A new volunteers group can brush up on their painting skills following a donation by Greenfields Community Housing.
A new Men in Sheds project for residents in Braintree district and beyond is being set up after Essex County Council donated a disused former cattle shed at Cressing Temple Barns.
The project, headed up by the Essex Shed Network, aims to build on similar schemes elsewhere in the county and support men who want to get together and learn new practical skills.
The first job of the new group will be to give the large shed a lick of paint, which is where Greenfields comes in.
Greenfields resident Steven Wager and Bob Cheeky visited our Stores department to collect donations of paintbrushes and around a dozen large tins of white paint handed over by Stores Operative Leyla Connolly.
Mr Wager said: “We’re extremely grateful for this donation.
“Since launching last month we’re looking to put in for grants, but people have already shown an interest in us, and we want to give them something to do.
“The shed itself is in a bit of a state, and this will be the first project for us to get stuck into.”
Sam Medhurst, Greenfields’ Service Delivery Manager, said: “We’re only too happy to support community groups like Men in Sheds in any way we can.
“I’m sure we can offer spare materials in the future and we’ll be interested to see how the project takes shape.”
To find out more or to get involved, visit https://essexshednetwork.wordpress.com and contact Hamish.