Staff from Carey Olsen have donned their overalls and picked up their paint brushes to give part of one of the Shelter Trust’s properties a much-needed makeover. Carey Olsen’s property group undertook the painting project recently at Kensington Place in St Helier. The project involved decorating two bedrooms, the launderette and a shower room.

The Shelter Trust is a charity offering shelter, support and a way forward for homeless people. It is the largest provider of services for the homeless in Jersey and has three sites around St Helier providing accommodation for more than 80 islanders.

The Trust’s Director John Hodge said: “Carey Olsen did a great job for us. We depend on the support and goodwill of others such as Carey Olsen to do our job effectively. It's encouraging and reassuring for the trust that we enjoy such support from the business community.”

Chris Philpott, head of the property group at Carey Olsen, led the team and said they got a lot out of the volunteer work. “Not only was this a valuable team-building exercise but it was an extremely rewarding experience for all of the team from Carey Olsen. The Shelter Trust provides an invaluable service to those in need of accommodation and support and we were thrilled to be able to get involved,” said Mr Philpott.

Inspired by the project, the property group are encouraging other members of staff to get involved by donating crockery, cutlery, bed linen, towels, clothing and furniture to assist the charity.