Tablers answer DIY-SOS

PUBLISHED: 16:00 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 15 June 2010

A Honiton-based charity has been able to move into new premises after the town's Round Table answered its DIY-SOS. Devon County Council told Devon Link-up, which works with people with learning disabilities, it had to move out of its Dowell Street base, s

A Honiton-based charity has been able to move into new premises after the town's Round Table answered its DIY-SOS.Devon County Council told Devon Link-up, which works with people with learning disabilities, it had to move out of its Dowell Street base, so the hunt was on for new premises.Peter Reid, of Overclean, offered the charity a new base but the staff knew some redecorating would be needed.Sarah Keating, team leader, said: "The Round Table has helped us out before and they agreed to help this time."The paint was supplied by Homebase, JR Layzells, in Awliscombe, and Rainbow Superstore, and the project started on Tuesday, August 5."Volunteers took up paintbrushes and set to work to transform the new home at 1 Kingsgate, Duchy Road, on the Heathpark Industrial Estate.Time was of the essence as the moving date had been set for Tuesday, August 12, but with 10 willing helpers the new base quickly took shape.The charity has been running for 16 years and supports people with learning difficulties through various projects.This includes offering advocacy and speak-up groups, helping them to socialise in the community and providing befriending services.It also provides training sessions for volunteers to train to be advocates and befrienders at its centre.Sarah said: "We work towards helping them to integrate into mainstream activities so that it helps with their quality of life."We have around 310 members from across East Devon, from Exmouth to Uplyme."We would like to say a big thank you to all the organisations and businesses who have helped us with the move."Anyone wishing to take advantage of the services offered by the charity can call it on (01404) 41930.

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