Helping Hands at the Chill Out cafe

Three members of staff from Two Rivers Housing volunteered their time at the Chill Out, in Newent, as part of a company initiative, to give the youth service and community café a mini make-over.

The Two Rivers team spent their day decorating, adding a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the café for the new year.

This great initiative serves as a youth club in the evenings, open to people aged 11-18 years, with a Tuesday group for vulnerable young people. By day it runs as a community Café, welcoming everyone for a hot drink and slice of cake.

Margaret Highton, Chairman of the Chill Out Management Committee, said: “I would like to say a very big thank you to the team at Two Rivers for all their help with painting. I think the community volunteering project is such a great idea. With their help, we will have a fresh, clean space where people young and old can come if they want to play pool, have company, relax or need to talk to one of the staff members.”

The Two Rivers ‘Helping Hands’ project gives each staff member a day out of their normal working hours to help community groups and charities within the communities it serves.

The scheme is varied and highly supported, with over 20 ‘acts of kindness’ completed in 2018, including gardening, helping to set up events, cleaning, painting, supporting local schools and repairs to community buildings.

Frankie Beard, who was part of the Two Rivers team, said: “I have really enjoyed helping out. It’s great to support other local charities and organisations.”