Cadent decorating team transforms centre with make-over

helping our community in your area

Washing up area and two large dormitories given make-over
  • Young people to benefit from newly painted bright and light spaces  
  • A group of Cadent volunteers from the West Midlands has spruced up a residential centre in the Birmingham area for young people to enjoy residential breaks. For many of the youngsters it’s their first time away from home and a good chance to grow in confidence and self-esteem.

    Armed with rollers and brushes the 18-strong team of Cadent volunteers tackled two large dormitories and a room where dishes are washed at the Bilberry Hill Centre, part of the Birmingham Federation of Clubs. A large window archway and areas where there had been a water leak were also plastered to prepare them for a fresh lick of paint.

    The heavily used rooms needed a make-over and by the end by the day were transformed into bright and light spaces.

    Dean Evitts, Cadent network engineer, said: “It was a huge team effort and we were spurred on knowing that it was for a really good cause. We’re so delighted and proud to have made a positive difference to improve the surroundings at the Bilberry Hill Centre for so many young people.”

    Kim Bateman of the Birmingham Federation of Clubs for Young People, added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to the Cadent team for all their hard work. It’s wonderful to see what the volunteers have done to make the rooms much brighter and a pleasure to be in. Having the right surroundings is so important and I know how much the youngsters will appreciate the make-over.”

    The make-over project, linking Cadent and the Bilberry Hill Centre was organised by Business in the Community – the Prince’s Responsible Business Network. It will encourage more bookings at the Centre. Its members work together to tackle a wide range of issues to help build a fairer society and a more sustainable future.

    The Birmingham Federation of Clubs for Young People is a registered charity working with young people from Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Around since 1928 and known as the 'Fed' by everybody it plays a positive development role in young people's lives. 
    The Bilberry Hill Centre at the foot of the 500 acre Lickey Hills Country Park can accommodate 68 visitors residentially and is open to children‘s, youth and community groups as well as schools. Self-catered and catered options are available. The Day Visitor Centre is open to groups who prefer to make a day-time visit to the ‘Lickeys’ and need a base to carry out field work.


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