Search

‘Delightful’ offenders revamp Romford charity

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 June 2014

Hornchurch charity Add Up has redone their offices because they thought it was

Hornchurch charity Add Up has redone their offices because they thought it was "unwelcoming " and "not friendly enough". Sheila Keeling and Lyndsay Marsh in their new office.

Archant

A “delightful bunch” of offenders renovated the offices of a children’s charity as part of a community reparation project.

Those at Add+Up, a Hornchurch-based charity for children with attention deficit disorders, praised the handy convicts that cheered up the building.

Staff at the Billet Lane centre were very happy with the outcome said the revamped offices provide a more “warm and welcoming” centre for families to visit.

Not only was the inside of the building redecorated, but the team also worked on the outside, removing overgrown shrubs and tidying it up.

The development manager of Add+Up, Sheila Keeling, said that she would like to thank the team from Community Payback who did the work.

She said: “They were polite, courteous, funny and a delightful bunch of people to have around for the last weeks.”

Sheila praised Community Payback and said that it was just a shame that some people couldn’t “see beyond the orange jackets” that the team had to wear as part of the project.

“Everyone makes mistakes and everyone should have the opportunity to make amends for theirs,” she said. “I would like to think that someone would give our young people a chance without judging them.”

The redecoration has made an “enormous” difference to the charity, she said.

“Hopefully it also gave the Community Payback team a chance to learn from these experiences and gain new skills that will hopefully lead them down a new path and help reduce the risk of re-offending,” she said.

The Ford Motor Company also offered some funding for the charity to purchase office equipment to “complete the job”.

Add+Up’s work in Havering, Barking and Dagenham raises awareness of the attention disorders and provides support for those who need it.

Read more:

Councillor triumphs in Romford Snooker Club charity match

Cranham supermarket worker crowned Diabetes UK charity champion

Woman lives on £1 a day for charity

Latest Romford News Stories

Members of the community held in high esteem by their peers were given worthy honours at a prestigious award ceremony last week.

Detectives are appealing for information after two boys were attacked with a baseball bat and one stabbed three times.

The sentencing of a fly-tipper from Upminster who admitted dumping 36 tonnes of asbestos-contaminated rubble on a street in Beckton has been delayed.

15:12

A primary school invited a special celebrity guest to help pupils to create a long lasting piece of art.

Ukip’s nominee for Hornchurch and Upminster has called on voters to reject “a Tory careerist” and choose him on June 8.

People from all generations and corners of the community came together on Saturday to celebrate Vaisakhi – a Punjab festival and birth of Khalsa.

Conservative candidate Andrew Rosindell kicked off his re-election campaign on Saturday.

The Conservative candidate for the Hornchurch and Upminster constituency has been chosen.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now