A colourful way to support charity

Volunteers from Barclays Bank, including Barclays Business Manager Jane Brown (front), painted the sports hall at the Barnabas Stobhill Centre. REF 1909141905
Volunteers from Barclays Bank, including Barclays Business Manager Jane Brown (front), painted the sports hall at the Barnabas Stobhill Centre. REF 1909141905
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Bank staff swapped pens for paintbrushes to carry out improvements at a Morpeth community building.

As part of Barclays Bank’s 5 Million Young Futures campaign, 20 workers from offices throughout the region volunteered to paint the sports hall in the Barnabas Stobhill Centre with shades of fresh white and blockwork blues and greens.

The charity was also able to apply for a Barclays Volunteering Grant of £500 towards the cost of paint and materials.

Always up for a challenge, its staff took the opportunity to work alongside the Barclays volunteers by painting the Community Room at the same time – in shades of white and warming tones of red.

The reception area will also be painted to make the building more welcoming.

Jane Brown, Barclays Business Manager, said: “It’s been great to work with Barnabas this year as part of our campaign, which supports young people with financial money management, volunteer days such as this and through our matched fund-raising scheme.”

Three staff members are now based from within the centre, making it easier for people to make enquiries by ringing the door bell, and a sign has been erected to make it more visible.

Those who have any ideas for community involvement or are interested in hiring the centre can call the team on 01670 517721.