Salix Homes. Releasing the potential

Residents gain new skills at free DIY course


A group of Salford residents have gained the skills and confidence to tackle basic repairs in their own homes thanks to a free DIY course run by Salix Homes.

The free course for Salix Homes' customers took place at St Sebastian's Community Centre in Charlestown on 9 May.

Twelve customers attended the day-long session and received basic training in electrical, plumbing, heating and joinery skills from fully qualified tradesmen from Salix Homes' repairs contractor Morrison.

During the day they were given the opportunity to try out a range of DIY tasks including re-wiring a plug and checking the fuse, changing a washer on a dripping tap, unblocking a sink, bleeding a radiator and adjusting a cupboard door. At the end of the course, all those who took part received a basic tool kit.

The training course was part of a range of courses the housing organisation provide to help local residents improve their skills.

Salix Homes Director of Customer and Neighbourhood Services, Sue Sutton, said: 
" This course offered our customers the chance to learn those basic DIY skills that will empower and give them the confidence to carry out small tasks around the home. The feedback from residents attending was very encouraging and we are now looking at staging these sessions on a regular basis."

Brian Gates North West Community Development Manager for Morrison added:

"This has been a great opportunity for Salix residents to learn some basic DIY skills that I am sure will help them out in case of an emergency in their homes. Morrison will always look at innovative and proactive ways to drive down repair costs for its clients. We look forward to delivering this project to other Salix residents in the future".

For more information on useful courses organised by Salix Homes contact 0161 779 8843 or email