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Education & Training; Sponsor's message Volunteers dress windows for success.

VOLUNTEERS with a passion for breathing new life into old clothes went head to head in a window dressing competition which took place during Adult Learners' Week.

Staff from Homestart and Teesside Hospice charity shops in Middlesbrough created eye-catching window and shop displays to remind people to recycle their old clothes and belongings.

The volunteers have honed their skills after taking part in visual merchandising (window dressing) training from Stockton Council''s Adult Education Service - Tees Achieve. The council approached Tees Valley Community Foundation to set up a Viva Challenge - a project which sees volunteers from the third sector work with businesses to make a difference to their local community. The competition was judged by representatives from Monsoon Interiors of Yarm and We Do Marketing.

The winning prize was presented to the Homestart team at a celebratory tea party at Billingham Community Centre.

Adult Learners'' Week, which was from May 14-18, is the UK''s largest annual festival of learning, inspiring thousands of people each year to discover how learning can change their lives.

? If you would like to find out about Tees Achieve courses call (01642) 527904 or visit www.stockton.gov.uk/teesachieve. For more details about Viva Volunteers call Tees Valley Community Foundation telephone on (01642) 260860.

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THE WINNERS: Homestart volunteers scoop the winning prize. From left are Emma Wray, Leanne Crozien, Beryl Mowbray, Michael Allen and Fred Stinland
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 23, 2012
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