Innovative Voucher Scheme Helps Tenants to RePaint

16/11/2011 Return to news archive

Innovative Voucher Scheme Helps Tenants to RePaint

A successful partnership between Worcester Community Housing and their local paint reuse scheme is delivering financial, social and environmental benefits. Thanks to an innovative voucher scheme, customers are able to decorate their homes for minimal cost using paint from Community RePaint Worcester.

The vouchers, issued by Worcester Community Housing, allow their new customers to take paint from Community RePaint Worcester for just £1 a litre and with first ten litres free so that customers are able to transform their house or flat soon after moving in.

Like Mr Lee who, when he moved in, was welcomed by dark walls and a bright pink bedroom! The voucher meant that within just five months he has been able to create a home of which he is justly proud. Moreover, being able to afford to paint the rooms has also meant that, for “...the first time in my life I have been able to put my mark on something,” said Mr Lee.

“Being able to redecorate has helped turn the flat into a home and give Mr Lee a sense of belonging, at a time when other help had been difficult to find,” said Worcester Community Housing’s, Customer Experience Manager, Gemma Mundy.

Community RePaint Worcester from which Mr Lee collected the paint, is run by WRE and is one of 67 schemes which make up the national paint reuse network, Community RePaint. Each scheme collects leftover reusable paint from local householders and businesses and redistributing it to local charities, community groups and individuals and families in need, such as Mr Lee.

“Working with Community RePaint Worcester has meant that we can offer our customers a better service and help them to settle in more quickly. The voucher scheme enables our customers to make their money go further when decorating and personalising their homes,” said Di Smith, Head of Customer Services and Involvement at Worcester Community Housing.

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