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CBH help to transform local charity

Kitchen 2 afterOver 70 people came together on Tuesday 15 October to celebrate the fantastic new look we have given to a local charity’s community building.

 As part of our 10th  Birthday celebrations we launched a project to transform Cheltenham Open Door’s Grosvenor Street premises.

At a special unveiling event on Tuesday 15 October, the new look was revealed to the delight of clients and supporters of this local charity who offer services to vulnerable, disadvantaged and lonely people all year round.

In September, with the help of our partners we started a ‘DIY Makeover Project’ to upgrade the communal areas in this Charity’s frequently used communal space.

Helen Harkness, Chair of the Trustees at Cheltenham Open Door, said, “We can’t do our job without the help and support of organisations like CBH and their partners. It makes such a difference for our guests to be able to come to a warm, bright, welcoming place and we want to thank everyone involved in the project who helped to achieve such a fantastic transformation.”

New shower 26.9.13With the generous help of suppliers and partners we carried out an extensive makeover which includes a brand new kitchen, fully refurbished shower room and repainting of all the communal areas.

Our Chief Executive, Paul Stephenson, said: “Cheltenham Open Door is a very inspirational charity close to our heart. After years of intensive use we were delighted to step in and revamp the charity’s premises to help them to continue delivering their vital service to the local community. We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to our contractors who very generously donated their time and resources to carry out this fantastic refurbishment, making the centre a place for local people to continue benefiting from for many years to come.”

The sponsors who kindly donated their expertise or materials are: Cheltenham Borough Council, Kohler Mira Showers, EMS Asbestos, Travis Perkins, Snape Construction, NKS Contracts, Liberty Gas Group, Ian Williams, Premiere Kitchens, Bence, Slatter Electrical, Gillmans, Dulux and Formation Flooring.

The clients at Cheltenham Open Door, who our staff chose as our charity for 2013, will put their stamp on the premises after contractors Ian Williams kindly agreed to provide a foreman, training and the paint and tools to let them decorate the property themselves in the colours they would like.

Cheltenham Open Door was founded in 1992. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 12:45pm and on Sundays from 9:45 to 11:45am, they offer year round support including: 

  • Hot meals and drinks
  • Clothes store
  • Shower room with soap and towels
  • TV room for relaxation
  • Access to a telephone
  • Companionship and respect
  • Help and support if sought
  • Visits from health care professionals
  • Links with expert agencies


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Notes for editors

Sponsors donations in detail:

  • Premiere created a 3D kitchen plan and supplied the units for the kitchen
  • NKS supplied labour to install the kitchen, flooring and tiling to the kitchen area.  They also provided an ‘in house’ electrician. 
  • Snape supplied labour to renew the shower room, renew the flooring and tiling and paint the shower room
  • Bence donated a new shower tray, shower and toilet
  • Liberty Gas carried out a full service of the current boiler, fitted new flu brackets and moved the radiator in the communal dining area
  • Ian Williams will provide a foreman, training, paint and tools
  • Gillmans donated and delivered two electric refurbished cookers. 
  • Formation Flooring donated floor coverings
  • EMS carried out a full management survey of the building and produced a detailed report and relevant certification.
  • Slatters Electrical carried out electrical works associated with the shower room.
  • Dulux donated all paint free of charge
  • Kohler Mira donated a Mira select flex thermostatic mixer to replace the existing shower.
  • Travis Perkins supplied miscellaneous materials including; sink top, taps, fittings


Cheltenham Borough Homes:

  • CBH is one of the top rated ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations) in the country. ALMOs are not for profit companies that run social housing services for their local council
  • Currently CBH manage and maintain around 5,000 tenant and leasehold properties with high satisfaction and performance levels, when compared nationally with other housing providers
  • CBH put their customers at the heart of what they do; working with them to shape services and ensure the company focuses on local need
  • CBH deliver more than high quality core landlord services: they have an ongoing programme building new homes and regenerating communities; they support people to find work and employment; work to improve financial inclusion and develop stock to make it more energy efficient

Press contact: Catherine Best e: t: 01242 775317  


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