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Classes help residents to help themselves

Morpeth resident Amanda Thompson (centre) gets stuck into wallpapering with a little help from Lindsey Porter, from Isos, and Ged Watson, from B&Q.

Morpeth resident Amanda Thompson (centre) gets stuck into wallpapering with a little help from Lindsey Porter, from Isos, and Ged Watson, from B&Q.

People living in Isos Housing properties across Northumberland can learn to be proactive when it comes to minor repair jobs around the home.

Free DIY workshops are being offered to its residents. They are being run by the company’s Property Services division – with support from B&Q – at its new purpose-built training facility in Newburn.

The classes teach the basic skills in areas such as joinery, plumbing and tiling and they also cover decorating.

Amanda Thompson, who lives in Stobhill, Morpeth, was one of the first residents to attend.

The 46-year-old said: “To be able to learn new and useful skills at no cost seemed like an opportunity too good to be missed. It has been great to be shown the correct way to approach basic decorating jobs.

“The sessions have been enjoyable and delivered by knowledgeable, friendly people in a relaxed environment and I have had all my questions answered.

“I believe that if you can make your home more aesthetically pleasing, you will be more comfortable and these classes have definitely given me the confidence to tackle decorating and basic DIY tasks in the future.”

General manager of the Property Services division, Bill Tuddenham, added that residents will also enjoy the sense of achievement that the workshops will bring.

No prior knowledge is needed for people to take part in the sessions. Any Isos residents interested can contact the customer services team on 0300 3001505.

 

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