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Changing rooms comes to Cherwell

Creative Banbury residents have been given the skills to brighten their homes in true changing rooms style thanks to a DIY workshop run by Sanctuary Housing and Banbury and Bicester College.
The workshop, led by staff from the college, gave handy interactive demonstrations that aimed to help provide residents, including those from Banbury Foyer, with the confidence to give their homes some personal flair. 
During the workshop items purchased from local furniture collection charity Faithworks Furniture Project were upcycled and given a new lease of life, walls were papered with colour and shelves were fixed in place. 
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, 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.”