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Unlocking social value helps transform Mindstars’ offices in North Shields

With help from Karbon Homes, Mindstars NE, a mental health and wellbeing support charity in North Tyneside, has been able to transform its newly expanded offices in North Shields.
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Thanks to a partnership between Karbon and Straightline, one of Karbon’s planned maintenance contractors, Mindstars’ offices have benefitted from new external and interior doors, freshened up paintwork and the fitting of two new kitchens, creating a warmer space for colleagues and visitors to enjoy.

The project came as a result of Karbon Homes’ Unlocking Social Value programme, which matches the social value commitments of Karbon’s contractors and suppliers with organisations across the region.

Marisa May, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Mindstars said: “Raising funds for refurbishment has always been a problem for us, so we carried out any works ourselves.

“We dreamt of having a space more welcoming and fit for purpose for the many families we support, and this dream has become a reality thanks to Karbon Homes and Straightline Construction!

“We now have two brand new fitted kitchens and storage. We also have two entrances, the doors to these were replaced with one new amazing front door which has made a big difference to our visitors. Our hub was also fully repainted, including the external windows, brightening the space up.

“We are beyond thankful for their support and are thrilled with our new Hub, as are the many families who come to us.”

Mindstars supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, together with their parents and guardians, delivering a full family approach. The charity offers a range of vital well-being activities, support, and advice, to remove the barriers that poor mental health brings.

Nathan Lowes, Investment Team Manager at Karbon Homes said: “The work Mindstars carries out with young people and their families in North Tyneside Community is incredibly important, and I’m pleased we’ve been able to help them get their newly expanded premises looking its best.

“Supporting our communities is a big part of what we do at Karbon. We’re proud to work with contractors who share similar values and grateful to them for the social value contributions they make that help us deliver work like this. Straightline really did go above and beyond their social value commitments when with this project.”

This project continues the support Mindstars has received from Karbon. The two organisations have developed a longstanding relationship, delivering a number of valuable projects to support Karbon residents and the wider community.

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