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Shekinah converts Plymouth Argyle bar for education

A former bar at Plymouth Argyle football club has been converted into an education suite by staff and volunteers from a city charity.

The project was organised by Shekinah and took just a week to complete.

Ten year 11 school leavers, who took part, helped design the new space that has been fitted with new computers.

It will be used to deliver numeracy and literacy classes to primary schools, courses to over-16s and multimedia training to the over-55s.

'Hands-on experience'

Mark Lovell, head of community at Plymouth Argyle, said: "Shekinah has done an amazing job by passing on their construction skills and helping us to inspire youngsters.

"Together they've sparked an interest back into our community and regenerated a valuable space cost-effectively, in an unbelievable time scale."

Verity Menyena, from Shekinah, said: "The project gave Shekinah an invaluable opportunity to support local young people and build up their skill-set with interesting hands-on experience."

Shekinah Mission, based in Plymouth, provides services for homeless people and the underprivileged.

It also runs training programmes to help people into work.

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