We’re not really in the business of picking favourites, but I’ll just go out on a limb and say it… StreetWise is one of our favourite charities in Newcastle. Teenagers love them for the outstanding service they provide, the warmth of the staff and their understanding of the issues facing young people. Roots and Wings have been in talks with the ever-inspiring StreetWise CEO Mandy Coppin for a while about giving their reception area a complete DIY SOS-style makeover. Well, late last month the time we had been planning for for so long finally arrived.
There was much sawing, sparky-ing, sanding, painting, glueing and screwing, as well as some more esoteric practices such as pipe-bending, and within the space of five days StreetWise’s reception area was transformed into a cool, industrial hang-out fit for a hipster king. There won’t be any hipster kings there though… Just lots of young people passing through in search of free confidential advice, counselling, and quite possibly, free condoms.
We’d like to thank all the StreetWise staff for the tea and coffee and trusting us on the refurb. We’d also like to thank everyone who helped on the project, particularly the irrepressible Dave Underwood for his joinery skills and a Nick Knowles-level of can-do attitude without which the project wouldn’t have been possible.