VOLUNTEERS have been helping to spruce-up a housing estate in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Hammersley Hayes estate in Cheadle was given a clean-up last week thanks to staff volunteers from Your Moorlands, who teamed up with support workers and service users from John Hall Gardens in Leek and Harewood Park in Cheadle to landscape, paint and litter pick the estate.
John Hall Gardens and Harewood Park provide support to adults with learning difficulties and mental health issues.
Some of the adults who use the services provided at the two centres asked to get involved to give something back following a project delivered last year which had transformed their own facilities.
It also helped to assist their therapy by providing an opportunity to interact with the wider community.
Gavin McAlister, Community Projects Officer, said: “This was a really positive project and everyone worked well together to make a major difference to one of our communities.
“As well as carrying out physical improvements, we all learned more about mental well-being and hopefully challenged some of our preconceptions.
We are looking forward to getting more staff out from behind their desks to take part in these events in future.” Hammersley Hayes has consistently improved year on year in the Britain in Bloom competition and it is hoped that the work completed by the team of volunteers with the support of Your Moorlands’ partners will enable the estate to progress in the national competition.
Mr McAlister added: “Thanks go to our contractor Bell Group, which supplied the paint and materials free of charge, Hammersley Hayes Residents’ Action Group for the use of their facilities, managers at Your Moorlands for making their staff available, and to the staff themselves for doing such a great job.” The work was carried out by volunteers from Your Moorlands as part of the its ‘Connecting with our Communities’ programme.
This encourages staff to volunteer their time to make a difference in their community, and is being championed by the South Region Social Committee. Committee chairman Martin Pickles, Your Moorlands chairman Bridget Johnson and deputy chairman Peter Kent met the participants and lent their support.
The activity also supported Your Housing Group’s Time to Change Campaign to help eliminate stigma surrounding mental health issues.