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Staff go MAD to makeover youth club

More than 120 young people in South Staffordshire are benefitting from an improved youth centre after big-hearted volunteers gave it a makeover.

Littleton Green Youth Club at Huntington is the first project to benefit from South Staffordshire Housing Association’s (SSHA) Make A Difference (MAD) Days project.

To celebrate 15 years of the housing association staff, board members and partners are volunteering time and services to benefit community projects across the district, which have been nominated by residents and staff.

Littleton Green Youth Club is the first scheme to benefit from the MAD Days project. The centre has received a spruce-up thanks to Property Care operatives painting and decorating the centre in colours chosen by the young people. Property Care is part of the Housing Plus Group, along with SSHA.

The centre is managed by Staffordshire County Council and is used by more than 120 young people each week, attending different youth and activity clubs.

Stephen Collins, director of property services at Property Care, said: “We are delighted to have been able to work on such a beneficial project. The makeover will make a huge difference to the young people that use the centre. It is a real investment into the community.”

County Councillor Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “This makeover will certainly make a difference to the centre, and will hopefully encourage more young people to use it. It’s key that young people have been instrumental in choosing the colours used, as it gives them a real sense of ownership and pride in their youth centre. I want to thank all of the volunteers for putting the time and effort into making over the youth centre.”

The MAD Days project will see more than 55 staff and board members donate their time to wield a paint brush, grab a spade, or set to with their toolkit, on a variety of schemes.