Residents of Crow Hill, Irthlingborough were invited to join a range of agencies to have some fun, tidy up their gardens and even treat themselves to a free ice cream this August.
Organised by East Northamptonshire Council, Orbit and Rockingham Forest Housing, the Community Day proved to be a huge success.
East Northamptonshire Council had two refuse vehicles driving around the estate picking up general waste from people’s gardens. In just a few hours around 30 properties were visited and 10 tonnes of refuse, two tonnes of metal, 200kg of electrical items, 15 tyres/wheels and six fridges were collected!
The community centre housed a range of different services offering advice and information, including Community Law, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue and Spurgeons Children’s Centre. Northamptonshire ACRE also had their information bus parked on the estate which provided a rural wellbeing service.
Outside, a bouncy castle and an inflatable football pitch kept the children (and adults!) entertained. Rock UK also provided an amazing climbing wall with qualified instructors. Children of all ages were able to have a go and this activity proved very popular.
Throughout the day volunteers helped residents to clear their gardens and took on general gardening jobs such as painting fences and cutting back hedges. Local catering company Truly Scrumptious provided a free lunch for all of the volunteers working at the event.
Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: "This proved to be a very successful day and is a great example of people coming together to put some spirit back into the community. Thanks to all the residents who attended and braved the rain. The hard work of everyone involved was well worth it."
Elaine Bradshaw, Housing Officer at Orbit Heart of England, said:
"The community day was a fantastic success; many partners and agencies came together on the day as well as our customers, both young and old. Everyone was keen to find out what they could do to bring some spirit back into the community. Orbit Heart of England is committed to volunteering in the community with staff pledging over 40 hours of their time to the day. Volunteering was at the heart of the event; without the volunteers, we couldn’t have shifted over ten tonnes of rubbish! We had a lot of feedback from customers and partners which we are working through to make sure we meet the needs of this community in the future."
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