THE biggest youth club in town is getting a makeover this month courtesy of members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints from across Merseyside.

Up to 200 Church members have offered their skills and time free of charge to community projects in the north west in the past, and have now chosen to work in St Helens.

Deputy leader of St Helens Council, Councillor Suzanne Knight, was first contacted by church members from the Helping Hands project earlier in the year and has been working with the youth service to identify a suitable project.

Derbyshire Hill Youth Centre was chosen as it offered the widest range of jobs that could occupy such a large voluntary workforce.

Men, women and children arrived at the centre on Saturday, June 27, to begin more than 1,000 hours of work.

They will paint the interior of the building, the surrounding fence, carry out gardening work and perform some minor repairs inside the building.

St Helens Council is supplying materials for the work, much of which has been donated by suppliers who have been inspired by this exciting scheme.

The church has many members adept in various trades and their families will also be joining in to complete the work.

It is expected that the makeover will give the centre a brighter appearance, which can only serve to enhance the community.

Councillor Teresa Sims, executive member for safer communities, said: “I am very grateful to Helping Hands.

“Without them this fantastic day would not have been possible.

“It will be very encouraging to see youth and families all working together to improve the centre.”