Homeless shelter residents have picked up their paintbrushes to help decorate a new Blackpool charity shop.
The volunteers have been helped by The Ashley Foundation, which has three hostels across the resort.
And the residents are now repaying the favour.
The foundation, which helps homeless people get back on their feet, aims to open a new charity shop on Talbot Road in the next couple of weeks.
Retail development manager for the charity Lisa Lancaster said offering residents the chance to get involved is mutually beneficial.
She said: “It gives them a chance to learn a new skill set they can put on their CV and, hopefully, get them a job.”
But as well as providing valuable experience, she said the benefit for residents’ self-belief is vital.
She added: “If you have been on the streets, you are often not your most confident.
“Through learning new skills and doing jobs you would get paid for, that is a big boost to your confidence.”
Since it opened its doors in 1997, the charity has helped thousands of people from all walks of life. Ms Lancaster said: “It’s surprising how little it takes to put somebody in that position (becoming homeless).
“It’s not just people who have addictions that we see – it can be something as simple as a divorce or someone whose business has failed as a result of the recession.”
Staff and volunteers are now hoping the shop will provide a vital income to help them continue their work.
The charity is appealing for stock to sell once the Talbot Road store opens its doors.
The Ashley foundation offers 62 beds at three hostels, on Derby Road, Knowle Avenue and Pleasant Street. Residents are also given help from a dedicated support worker, with the aim of getting them into permanent sustainable accommodation.
Donations of good quality clothing, furniture, electrical items, and bric-a-brac are wanted. For more info call shop on (01253) 299949.