Vulnerable families given home makeover by city workers and children’s charity

Hard at work in Carlene's home. Picture: Jade Moulds

Hard at work in Carlene's home. Picture: Jade Moulds - Credit: Archant

Vulnerable single mums and their families were treated to a home makeover by city investment workers in a DIY SOS-style challenge.

Two teams of 80 to 100 workers from firm Fidelity London got their overalls on last week for the task, which was run in collaboration with children’s charity School-Home Support.

Some of the group were tasked with completely redecorating the homes in one day, including installing new furniture. Others took the families out and some raised money to pay for the supplies.

Single mum of four Carlene was lucky enough to be chosen for the project by staff at SHS who have been supporting her. Her husband left after 10 years of marriage and cut off all financial support, leaving them struggling to eat.

“I’m in shock,” she said after seeing her new home. “It’s totally different, they have done a wonderful job – it’s much more than we ever dreamed of.

“The children are so happy with their new room.”

School-Home Support employ school-based practitioners to support families with home-based issues, such as poverty and poor housing.