A group of West Norfolk school leavers have given Lynn Methodist Church a much-needed makeover.
The transformation of the church, based at Losinga Road in North Lynn, is the work of 12 young people between the ages of 16 and 19.
All of the youngsters have just finished a three-week National Citizen Service (NCS) project.
The government-funded scheme aims to give school leavers new skills and the chance to help their communities.
It helps youngsters build their confidence and character, while making them more aware of their role in society.
Church property steward Neville Posnett said: “The group wanted to find a project which had local impact and a mum of one of the participants suggested the Methodist Church.
“The hall, which is used by a number of people including a playgroup and guides and brownies, hadn’t been decorated for 15 years, while the church hadn’t been done for seven.
“They fundraised the money to pay for all of the materials with £210 also being donated to the Baby Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“The group were supervised by mentors of their own age and by Lee, a part-time supervisor with NCS.”
The group spent two weeks planning their community project and team-bonding, one at Mepal Outdoor Activity Centre and another at the National Construction College in Bircham.
They spent their third week (early in August) painting the hall, church and foyer from top-to-bottom.
Mr Posnett said: “A regular user of the church has described the overall effect as ‘stunning’ while a mum of one of the participants says that she has never seen such a change in her boy.”