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A free training session will show residents the benefits of upcycling their furniture.

Dale & Valley Homes’ ‘Shabby Chic’ course will take place on Friday, 2 December between 10am and 1pm at Mickle Grove Community Training Hub in Leeholme.

Dale & Valley Homes’ Community Training Project Coordinator, Kimberley Batey, said: “This is course is great for anyone who wants to give their house a makeover but doesn’t want to break the bank.

“Attendees will learn all about the latest trends in home furnishing and see how easy it is to do it for themselves.”

For more information and to reserve a place call Kimberley on 0746 940 2619 or email

Help to attend the course, including transport and free childcare, can be arranged.

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For more information contact Jill Ancrum, Group Communications Manager, on 0191 349 7643, 0797 6299 547 or email

Photo attached: Kimberley Batey, Dale & Valley Homes’ Community Training Project Coordinator

Dale & Valley Homes
Dale & Valley Homes is a Registered Provider of social housing. Initially established in 2006 to manage, repair and improve council owned housing in the former Wear Valley district of County Durham, Dale & Valley Homes is now a landlord in its own right. Part of County Durham Housing Group, together with Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, the group was established in April 2015 following the transfer of ownership and management of Durham County Council’s former 18,500 homes. A not-for-profit company, our vision is to provide homes and neighbourhoods that our customers want to live in and are proud to live in.