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Volunteers chip in to spruce up care centre

Volunteers have shown they are dab hands with a paintbrush, giving their time to make over a MercyCare home for children in care.

More than 20 volunteers from imaging and electronics company Ricoh teamed with Osborne Park-based Perrott Painting for a six-day painting marathon from July 8 to 11, transforming one of MercyCare’s family group homes in Marangaroo.

The property is one of several family group homes operated by MercyCare in Perth’s northern suburbs.

They accommodate and care for children aged between three and 18 who cannot live at home with their families.

Carers work to determine the best models of care for individuals, including long-term foster care, reunions with their birth parents or kinship care.

Ricoh staff, who initiated the corporate volunteering project, provided the painting equipment and labour, while Perrott Painting donated paint supplies pro bono and their time to do preparation work.

MercyCare out-of-home care manager Rose Hayden said the new look of the Marangaroo home would have a positive impact on the children who lived there.

“Our family group homes are an important part of MercyCare’s mission to help our community’s most vulnerable children and break the cycle of significant disadvantage,” Ms Hayden said.

“Many of these children are overcoming significant obstacles and hurdles in their lives, so this renovation is sure to have a lasting positive effect on them.”

MercyCare chief executive officer Chris Hall said the not-for-profit organisation valued the support and dedication of corporate volunteers and felt the painting project was a beneficial experience for everyone involved.

“Our group home was positively transformed by these volunteers and it sends a message to the children who live there that others in the community care about them,” Mr Hall said.

“The project also offered a unique opportunity for the corporates involved to build camaraderie between staff and create an impact that matters.”

Ricoh state director Earl Menezes said it was a fulfilling experience to be able to give back to the community.

“It was a privilege to work with the team from MercyCare who do this unselfishly on a daily basis,” he said.

Bunnings Balcatta also joined the cause, donating planter boxes and seedlings for a vegetable garden as part of the renovation.