Solicitors bring colour to Leicester Community Centre

A community centre in Leicester has been transformed into a colourful multi-use space, with the help of local law firm Nelsons.

Eight law professionals from the firm’s Leicester office, in New Walk, spent two days out of the office painting and renovating the hall at the Centre Project, which is currently used to help homeless, single, vulnerable and socially isolated people. The office also fundraised to buy the materials needed for the refurb.

Solicitors Lewis Addison, Nadia Faki, Geraldine Watson, Danielle Young, and Emma Winfield, along with trainee solicitors Courtney Bent, Kiran Vohra, and Seetal Patel were involved in the transformation of the hall, which included decorating the walls in bright colours and building a gallery wall to display the artwork created during the centre’s regular art therapy sessions.

Lewis Addison, partner and solicitor in the dispute resolution team at Nelsons, said:

“The Centre Project is a fantastic cause used by people from all walks of life and the voluntary scheme that Leicestershire Cares runs gave us the opportunity to use our creative skills. The team and I chose this project to work on as we felt it would bring the biggest impact to the community.

“We wanted to create a warm and welcoming space for the people who benefit from the Centre Project. It also had the added benefit of being a fantastic morale booster and team-building exercise for us.”

The activity was flagged to Nelsons by Leicestershire Cares, which provides volunteering opportunities for companies looking to get involved with communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Lewis added:

“We are committed to helping and supporting our local communities as much as we can and Leicestershire Cares gives us a great opportunity to do that.”

Nelsons was presented with the Long Service Award at the annual Leicestershire Cares Awards Evening in 2017. The accolade celebrated Nelsons’ five-year membership with Leicestershire Cares and its 10-year commitment to Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp, a group of professionals who offer their services for free to local not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises in need of support.

Raheema Caratella, community development coordinator at Leicestershire Cares, said:

“The hall – which is well used by all the groups that are welcomed at the Centre Project, including a disabled art group, single homeless and a club for unaccompanied young asylum seekers – was in desperate need of a revamp.

“The Nelsons team gave the Centre Project’s main hall a huge makeover through painting in warm, yet vibrant, tones. To complement the painting, they added a range of funky art frames that service users who attend the centre can put their own artwork in from their weekly art therapy workshops.

“We would like to thank everyone at Nelsons who fundraised to buy the equipment to make the challenge possible, as well as the team who went out on the day. The service users were excited to see the makeover and have started framing their artwork. Staff morale has also increased.”

In the past, Nelsons has helped to create an emoji mural at the Playbarn, in Northfields, and gave the Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary, in Markfield, a garden makeover. Volunteers from the law firm also decorated a residents’ lounge at Vista’s Kathleen Rutland care home, in Leicester Forest East.

For more information on Nelsons, please visit or call 0800 024 1976. For further details on Leicestershire Cares, visit For more information about the Centre Project, visit

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