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College pupils get painting for scout hut renovation

PUBLISHED: 12:30 03 July 2015

Uphill Scout's headquarters has been give a makeover.

Uphill Scout's headquarters has been give a makeover.

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A SCOUT headquarters has been transformed thanks to the hard work of Weston College students.

A group of 20 students, aged between 18 and 24, from the college’s Weston Bay residential centre, prepared and repainted 1st Uphill Scouts’ base.

The students are all on the autistic spectrum and completed the renovation as part of a one-year personal and social development course called Aspirations.

Weston Bay provides training for people on the autism spectrum, and was the first facility of its kind in the UK when it opened in 2013. The centre’s Aspirations course aims to develop independent living and employability skills through community projects and placements.

Aspirations tutor Leigh Murray said: “The students have overcome many challenges that arose from this community project.

“They worked as a strong team and bonded well from this experience, strengthening their friendships along the way.

“They have taken many of the key skills they have learned from their course and put them into practice on this project.”

Before painting could begin the pupils spent four weeks planning the renovation from start to finish, examining the amount of work they could do with the time they had for the maximum benefit to the community, before deciding to focus on the scout hut.

The group held fundraising events and then worked on site for two weeks.

The students sanded and prepared the entire building, replaced the window boarding, cleared large amounts of brambles, built a brand new seating area and then set to work with their paintbrushes.

They also planted a large number of flowers, which were donated by Westhaven School in Uphill.

Mr Murray said: “The students and staff of Weston Bay are very proud of what they have achieved at Uphill Scout Hut and are happy to have formed strong links with the community that will stretch far beyond this project into the future.”

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