July 11th 2009
A TV makeover-style style project saw homeless people at a hostel in Leith brighten up their surroundings with a project designed to help them learn skills they can eventually use in their own homes.
Residents of the Dunedin Harbour Hostel redesigned and decorated their TV room with the help of the community interior design scheme, Fab Pad. Almost 40 residents took part, sewing cushions and curtains, designing and painting, to create a comfortable lounge for both residents and staff.
Councillor Gordon Munro, who attended the room's opening on 3rd April, commented that the transformation was great: "This is a real demonstration of what the homeless residents can do given the chance." The hostel is run by Dunedin Canmore Group in partnership with Edinburgh City Council.
Ewan Fraser, chief executive of Dunedin Canmore Group, said: "The launch of the TV room has been a great opportunity to recognise the work of the residents and to see the skills they have learnt being put to use. It just shows that by working together, so much can be achieved."