A refurbished respite care facility in Newport for children with severe disabilities reopened with some lovely finishing touches – thanks to help from Norse Group volunteers.

The ten or so staff gave more than 110 hours of volunteering time over two days in July at the Oaklands facility ahead of an official reopening ceremony at the centre which provides overnight breaks for children and young people.

Following extensive refurbishment work by contractors, volunteers from Norse stepped in to help tidy up the site and the centre’s play space and garden and paint fencing so that the finished article was ready for children and families to use.

The Norse Group volunteers – who included apprentices, surveyors and architects – took advantage of the Norse’s volunteering policy to make a difference.

Newport Norse spokeswoman Phae Cole, said: “Our staff were very happy to help out what is a much loved facility in Newport and ensured that when opening day arrived, Oaklands really looked its best.”