A Stoke based ICT consultancy firm swapped keyboards for paintbrushes last week, as they volunteered to liven up the fences and walls around Arch’s supported housing scheme, Victoria Place.

Eight staff from Risual spent the day repainting the outside garden walls for the scheme that supports people impacted by homelessness.

Cornerstone Builders Staffordshire donated a large planter ready for next spring as well as a BBQ area. They have also given one of Arch’s customers, who helped them build the fence, a voluntary placement at their company. The project was also supported by Novus, who donated a £150 voucher, B&Q Festival Park and S. Peake and Sons, who gave the team paintbrushes, rollers and trays.

Arch’s Nathan Rhoades accepting the voucher from Novus Contract Manager, Chris Bowdley

Sarah Forshaw, operations manager for homelessness, housing and complex needs at Arch, said: “The volunteers and everybody’s generosity has helped create a fantastic foundation for a space which will continue to be developed into spring next year.

“It’s given the space a new identity. This was the last part of the project that still had its old identity and was looking old and tired with a mural still visible.”

Jeff, Charity Coordinator at Risual, said: “It’s been good, if a little bit cold. We work with local organisations and groups to help the local community to help other people. As a company we understand the importance of looking after others, we held a mothership week recently, where our staff took part in a variety of wellbeing and team building activities, including a health MOT and meditation. The staff that took part work in a variety of departments, including HR and I.T.”