Members of the Wigman Ladies group gathered at St Agnes Hall in Bilborough recently to thank apprentices and repairs managers from Nottingham City Homes for the “fantastic” work they’ve done to bring the centre "back to life".
The group, which meets at the Centre on Wigman Road every Thursday, contacted Bilborough councillor Wendy Smith on a number of occasions requesting repairs. Cllr Smith said: "I came up with the idea of asking apprentices to carry out the work as it would help the community, save money in the long run and give the apprentices a 'real' project to do. I have huge admiration for the Wigman Ladies who always make me so welcome when I visit them and helped me recently with our 'Take a Seat' campaign."
As part of NCH’s commitment to transforming communities, when they heard about the problems at St Agnes, the repairs team set to work to re-plaster the building, as well as working with a team of budding apprentices to repaint the interior. On seeing the facilities the ladies work with, NCH also invited members of the group to visit its Harvey Road depot site, where some of the office furniture was being replaced. The ladies were able to select some specific items to take back to the community centre.
Jean Welsh, who helps run the group of twenty, said: “I’ve been coming to the Wigman Ladies group for 45 years, and we’ve never had less than twenty members, so it’s a lovely group. We have women from their fifties to their nineties and we have a fantastic time, both here at the centre as well as going for trips out together.
“The work that’s been done here is fabulous and very much appreciated. We shall be writing a special letter to the team at NCH to thank them for everything they’ve done for us here.”
Work also gave the four NCH apprentices a chance to gain valuable experience on a different kind of site. The team were able to diversify their skills, as they are not decorating apprentices but plumbers and business administration.