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A2Dominion staff volunteer to help transform property

Staff from housing association A2Dominion took part in a ‘Big Impact Day’ of volunteering at one of its supported accommodation sites in Thatcham, Newbury.
Staff volunteer

More than 10 volunteers from the Specialist Housing team came together and embraced their DIY spirit to brighten-up the property before the new residents moved in on August 1.

Throughout the day, the group gave all the communal walls and lounge a new coat of paint, while contractors were on site to remove any old furnishings.

The accommodation forms part of A2Dominion’s unaccompanied asylum seeker children (UASC) scheme and will help to ensure those in vulnerable circumstances have a safe place to call home.

Lisa Sampson, Operations Manager (Specialist Housing) at A2Dominion, said: “Due to the high demand for housing for the UASC young people, the mobilisation of this service was extremely tight and it took a huge team effort to get the building ready for our first young person to move in on August 1.

“As a team, we recognised that the decoration was looking a bit tired and not as welcoming as we would’ve liked, and so the team arranged a big impact day to volunteer their time to paint and decorate the communal areas.

“It was a hugely successful day and meant our new young residents have a warm and homely environment where they feel safe and supported.”

A2Dominion began the UASC scheme in 2021 as part of its supported housing service. The scheme provides vulnerable young people with safe accommodation, while staff provide support by signposting specialist services to help them with their asylum application and integration into society.

A2Dominion has additional UASC sites in Reading and Oxford.

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