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Members of the Spruce It Up recycling project

Step up to help ‘Spruce It Up’

by Gemma Melling

A unique project in Stockbridge Village is transforming lives by transforming unwanted furniture and they need your help.

The Spruce It Up recycling project is based at the Stockbridge Village Activity Base, a day centre for adults with disabilities based on Spruce Grove. They take donations of old or unwanted furniture and either ‘upcycle’ it into unique pieces for the home or repair and make it available for low-income families and refugees living in the area.

The project relies on volunteers in order to operate and are appealing to members of the community to lend their support in 2020.

No particular skills are required to get involved with the project, volunteers will support the Day Centre users both with the restoration of furniture as well as assisting in the shop, which is open to members of the public.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said. “What’s happening at Spruce Grove is just fantastic. Not only are the service users their gaining new confidence and skills, the work they do at Spruce It Up benefits some of the poorest families in the community, ensuring that they are able to obtain furniture for their homes as a fraction of the cost they would get it elsewhere.

“But this is a project that can only continue to thrive with the help and support of others. If you can give a few hours, whether weekly, fortnightly or monthly, to support Spruce it up, you will be contributing to something amazing and a fantastic example of Knowsley working better together.”

At present the project has enough furniture but they’re always in need of materials to help them complete projects. Items in good condition such as tools, paintbrushes, dustsheets, paint or varnish are always welcomed at the project.

To find out more about the project or to volunteer contact robby.parry@knowsley.gov.uk or Belinda.Colmer@knowsley.gov.uk.