Volunteers muck in for makeover

The team at the start of the project.
The team at the start of the project.

Volunteers have been rolling up their sleeves to help create a new facility for Stobhill.

The team at Sanderson Arcade in Morpeth is helping to transform an outdated and under-used gym room at Barnabas Safe and Sound into a new community media centre.

The charity was selected as the Arcade’s chosen good-cause throughout 2015 and staff have organised a number of events, including a spinathon and bush tucker trial, which helped raise £6,000 for the makeover.

Centre manager Medi Parry also took part in the Great North Run last year, and the Tree of Light at Sanderson Arcade, led by Rhona Dunn at the Rotary Club, raised £1,000 for the project throughout November and December last year.

To make the money they’ve raised go that little bit further, they put out a call to the business community in Morpeth to help out with the transformation.

The work will bring new life to a little-used and out-dated former gym room at the centre.

Brightly coloured sofas and shelving will be installed and there will be access to mobile tablets to help with research and homework.

There will also be a state-of-the-art projector and interactive screen.

It’s hoped that the new media room will be completed and ready to be used by the beginning of August.

The makeover team moved in last week to clear out the room ready for the serious work of transforming the space to get under way.

Arcade staff are taking part in volunteer sessions to help get the work completed.

The companies who are also pitching in with the transformation include Tolent Construction; C & W Builders; PRESS Electrical; Castle Carpets; Caretech Systems; Jewsons; and Howdens Joinery.

Medi said: “We have been fundraising over the last year to support this project and planning it for many months so it is fantastic to get to this stage and see the work finally getting started on the transformation.

“This is going to be a fantastic resource for the local community and we’re extremely grateful to everyone who has helped us with fundraising as well as all those fantastic local companies who are giving their time to complete the project.

“We’ll be helping out and volunteering and we can’t wait to see the finished project.”

Hayley Brown, manager of Barnabas Safe and Sound, said: “It is a really exciting time for Barnabas at the Stobhill Centre.

“Last month, we opened our new community gym and this month we have the development of a media suite, which will bring a fantastic new resource for the community in Stobhill.

“We really appreciate all the fundraising and hard work that everyone has put into this project and we can’t wait to see the end result.”