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Make a Difference

Making a Difference in 2019

Colchester Borough Homes will be returning to ‘Make a Difference’ in your local communities again this year.

The popular programme of community events will run under a refreshed format, to help target the issues and improvements that matter most to you.

2019 MAD Day dates for your diary:

  • May 30 – Tiptree
  • June 27 – Dutch Quarter
  • July 25 – New Town
  • August 29 – Greenstead

These areas have been identified following feedback from the 2018 STAR (Survey of Tenants and Residents) survey. If you live in these areas, your local Community Housing Officer (CHO) may consult with you ahead of the event, to find out what improvements you feel should be carried out on the day. We would like to hear about any ideas that you may have.

There will also be an additional four ‘mini’ Make a Difference events throughout the year. These will be smaller events that will focus on specific blocks of flats and will be identified through feedback from our Quality Assurance Advisers (QAA’s). Further details about the role of a QAA can be found here

As part of our commitment to making a difference and community action, we are also looking to support other community events throughout the year. If you have any suggestions of events or activities that we could support, we would like to hear about them. Pease get in touch with your Community Housing Officer.

What is a MAD Day?

MAD Days involve CBH staff, volunteers, residents and councillors visiting specific areas of the community to help make improvements and encourage pride in community spaces. On these days, a whole host of clean-up activities take place: general community clear-ups, tree and hedge trimming, bulb planting and gardening, fence repair and painting and rubbish clearance.

Volunteers Needed!

No matter where you live, you can help out at any MAD Day throughout the year. We need all sorts of skills from painting, gardening and DIY through to good old-fashioned hard work and determination.  If you can spare a whole day to help, that would be great (the average MAD Day runs from 10am – 3pm) – however, if you can only spare an hour of your time we would be equally grateful.

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