STREETWISE REFURB

Interior design overhaul for Streetwise Young People’s Project reception area

When Streetwise CEO Mandy Coppin asked Roots & Wings whether we could completely refurbish the charity’s reception area we were excited and ever so slightly daunted by the scale of the task ahead. Following a lengthy period of discussion with Streetwise staff and young people plans were drawn up and in late September, in the space of five days with all hands on deck, we transformed their functioning but cluttered old space into chic, industrial hang-out fit for a hipster king, or failing that, lots of young people in search of free confidential advice, counselling and free condoms.

The airy, vibrant new reception area includes 2 large new tables, a bar-style countertop, a live-edge coffee table and reception desk (all completely custom-built with help from the brilliant Newcastle Wood Recycling), a feature wall, new light fittings and flooring, and specially commissioned trio of paintings from a top local graffiti artist.

So far feedback about the new reception have been massively positive and Streetwise are looking into hosting out-of-hours events for young people, with suggestions ranging from a stand-up comedy night to a Dungeons & Dragons group. We’d like to wish Streetwise the best of luck getting the most out of the new space, and we’d also like to thank all those who donated time and skills and without whom this momentous refurbishment project wouldn’t have been possible.