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Team to Make A Difference in Berechurch

Date Published: 19 October 2017

Includes Media Photo Opportunity

On Thursday 26 October, Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) staff and volunteers and Essex Police will assemble in Berefield Way, Berechurch, to make a difference to the local community

This event will be CBH's final Make A Difference (MAD) Day in their 2017 programme, having already visited six other locations throughout the year, where the efforts of staff and volunteers have resulted in numerous improvements and repairs taking place across the borough.

MAD Days are all about improving the quality of an area for its residents and community and are also a great way for CBH to engage with its residents. CBH has already been in touch with Berefield Way residents to seek their ideas and suggestions about what would make a difference to the area. CBH's MAD Day Team have used this feedback to draw up their list of tasks for the day which include tidying up parking areas, a garage block and laundry drying areas as well as clearing litter and ivy.

Throughout the day, CBH staff will also be stationed at the MAD Day Hub, a branded gazebo at the centre of activity. Tenants and members of the local community are invited to drop by for a cup of tea or coffee and chat to staff about any issues or for advice or support. Colchester Credit Union will also be at the Hub throughout the day promoting their service and warning residents about illegal moneylenders.

CBH is always keen to welcome anyone who wishes to get involved and take part in their MAD Days. All skills are welcome and needed; from painting and DIY through to gardening, or just someone willing to help out.

Karen Williams, Head of Housing at Colchester Borough Homes, said "Once our MAD Day Team have left Berefield Way, the difference they have made will be evident. It's very satisfying for everyone involved to witness the impact of their work and I'm pleased that these events are so well received.

"At every MAD Day, we see the can-do attitude of the amazing volunteers that come out to help and the warm welcome that the team receive from the people who live there. We aim to make the environment around Berefield Way a place that residents can be proud of."

Inspector Danielle Booth, Essex Police, said: "As part of our Street Weeks initiative, Police will be supporting CBH's MAD Day in Berechurch. Street Weeks is a community initiative supported by the Safer Colchester Partnership to address local community safety issues between 23-30 October. We welcome the opportunity to work with our partners and make a real difference to our communities."

Anyone interested in getting involved with this MAD Day should get in touch with CBH via info@cbhomes.org.uk or by calling 01206 282514.

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