A group of teens have taken it upon themselves to refurbish the Yews Community Centre in Haywards Heath,
The project is being carried out as part of the group’s National Citizen Service (NCS) social action project.
The group of 15 to 17-year-olds decided they wanted to help make the centre in Boltro Road feel more comfortable and friendly for the child care, therapy and special needs groups that use it.
The group said: “We realised that it is desperately in need of refurbishment - the garden is lifeless and the walls going up to the nursery are dull and in need of some love.
“The centre also wants an image to attract all age groups including young people such as ourselves, making The Yews a ‘hub’ in the community so people feel welcome to come to the centre.”
When West Sussex County Council withdrew funding last year the Yews user groups took on the building themselves.
The group plans to refurbish the centre by adding in a sensory garden – filled with bright colours, fresh smells and soothing chimes at the front of the centre, making it more appealing and beneficial to the special needs groups.
They will also paint a mural for the children at the nursery with all the Winnie the Pooh characters as well as a mural going down the staircase to tie in with the sensory garden.
Local businesses have been asked to donate materials, paints, plants and tools to help with the project.