Apainting that brings to life Prescot’s past has been unveiled at a community hall in the town.
The vibrant artwork has been created by local artist Allen Heron at Eaton Street sheltered housing scheme, which is run by Knowsley Housing Trust.
He worked with the residents of the scheme to gather their memories of the area for inspiration.
Allen works for Vivark’s Care and Repair team of handyman, and is one of six operatives from the scheme who volunteered their time to refurbish the community hall.
Allen is a well-known artist in the local area and has previously worked in care homes on art projects to support people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and he wanted to use his skills to do the same type of project at Eaton Street.
He said: “I’ve done community work before so I was happy to be a part of it. The painting took me about 20 hours and the residents were really pleased with it.”
Allen now plans to work with the residents to produce a board to put next to his painting, with old photos of the area and local history information.
Eaton Street Scheme Manager Lys Melia said: “It’s absolutely amazing, the place looks fabulous. It’s gone from an old building to being very modern.”
Scheme resident Mary Naylor has lived in Prescot for 55 years. She said: “It’s really impressive; the room seems so much bigger. We’ve got nice laminated floors now instead of the old carpet, and the walls are much lighter. It makes the room much brighter and a happier place to be.”
Care and Repair Knowsley provides a flexible and affordable handyman service across the borough for people who are not able to keep up with home maintenance themselves – helping residents continue to live independent lives.
The service is managed by Vivark, part of the First Ark Group, a Knowsley-based repair and maintenance company that provides services to customers across the North West
Tony Cahill, Vivark’s Executive Director of Commercial Services, said: “Not only have we been able to donate the expert skills of our operatives, but thanks to the talent and generosity of Allen, we have added a little extra interest to this project as well.
“As a social enterprise we are focused on providing extra value like this through volunteering, taking our vast range of expertise out into communities to support the vital work of groups and organisations in the local area.”
Pictured: Left to right – Allen Heron with scheme residents Joyce Finney, Mary Naylor, Joan Coughlin, Eileen Butler and Edna Lunt.