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Dagenham community project makes final plea for votes

PUBLISHED: 15:15 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:15 10 February 2015

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett with players and coaches at the Osborne Partnership. The Partnership is backed by the Football Club, who competed in the Johnstones Paint Trophy this season.

Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett with players and coaches at the Osborne Partnership. The Partnership is backed by the Football Club, who competed in the Johnstones Paint Trophy this season.

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A Dagenham-based charity hoping to paint a brighter future by winning a national competition has urged the borough to vote.

The Osborne Partnership, based in Osborne Square, is one of four finalists competing for the makeover prize in the Johnstone’s Paint Community Spirit campaign.

Community projects around the UK were invited to submit applications for the competition, with the winner receiving a redecoration of their facility.

More than 50 entries from projects around the UK were received and will a panel short listing four based on the impact the project has on the community and the urgency for redecoration.

With just a week to go before the public vote closes on Friday (February 13), The Osborne Partnership has called on supporters to get online to boost its chances of success.

Ian Wall, deputy manager of the Osborne Partnership, believes winning a complete redecoration of the facility would provide a huge boost to the charity.

“We have recently acquired a lease for our premises but, unfortunately, there are areas in a state of disrepair so the paint would be brilliant for everyone involved with the Osborne Partnership,” said Ian.

“We would urge everyone to make the effort to go to the website and make their vote count.”

The Osborne Partnership is a training centre for adults with learning disabilities and other disadvantaged groups in the community, with between 30 and 40 people attending each day.

The aim is to provide local people with disabilities the skills, confidence and motivation to make the most of their opportunities, while there is a community café and shop on site.

To vote for the Osborne Partnership, visit www.johnstonestrade.com/communityspirit

Anyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw where the winner will receive a pair of tickets to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley on March 22.


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