AN EDUCATION centre near Abergavenny has benefited from a spring makeover.

A team of eleven employees from Hope Construction Materials gave up their time and spent the day sprucing up an area at Monmouthshire Youth Service Centre in Gilwern.

The centre provides a wide variety of invaluable support for young people including those with learning differences, and those suffering through bereavement.

The area was transformed by the team after they removed an old shed, cleared overgrown areas, pruned, weeded and carried out general outside maintenance.

The company’s ‘Hope for Others’ scheme encourages employees to give their time to support a good cause. The team was joined and supported by two representatives from Abergavenny-based Randall’s Groundworks.

Hope’s area commercial manager for the South West, Marc Case, said: “The work that Monmouthshire Youth Service does through this Centre is vital - from running a youth club to enable people with a learning difference to develop their social skills, to offering Drama therapy to help people deal with issues affecting them.”

“It was a great pleasure to be able to bring together a team of people from Hope and Randall’s to blitz the outside area at the Centre and make a real difference for staff and visitors.”

Councillor Liz Hacket Pain, Monmouthshire council cabinet member with responsibility for Monmouthshire's Youth Service, added: "Their team effort really has made a vast difference to our multi-sensory garden and will be much appreciated by those using it."