“Respect Day” Gives Pride to Residents

The Broadfield Road Estate in Sandyford received a memorable “Respect Day” on Monday.

It is good when partners come together with residents and the residents association, when making an area better for everyone who lives there.

The day achieved much more than just offering litter picks and skips for residents to dispose of unwanted bulk waste items.

At the Goldenhill Methodist Church the council provided on site benefit help as well as free financial help from the welfare team.

Other council support on the day came from the Local Matters and Tenant Involvement Teams in respect to community issues, Housing Team to offer help with council property issues, Children’s Centre staff to give advice on facilities the council can offer for parents and their children, and Youth Services who provided the “Hoppa Bus” to allow children and teenagers to use the facility and promote activities for the young people of our area.

The Council Environmental Team & Community Payback did us proud when they cleared away shrubbery and cut down trees to make an excellent difference to the Sandyford area. The main areas of work was achieved on spare land at Elgood Lane and Broadfield Road, which needs to be seen to believe what a fantastic job has been done there.

Staffordshire Police were also on site with their Mobile Police Station, to give help and support to residents as well as giving away free safety equipment, including shed/bike locks and personal alarms.

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue were on site to give safety advice as well as arranging free home safety fire checks for local residents.

We must not forget the support we have received from Councillor Martin Garner for being a part of arranging this special day for residents, and the good work the “Street Chaplains” have done in supporting everyone, whether it being helping people to move bulky waste items to the skips to having a friendly face to talk to in the street.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.) has also played a big part in the day, and that was achieved by delivering promotional material through doors giving useful contact numbers to residents, putting up posters in local shops advertising the event, as well as notifying residents through the S.A.G.E. official website. The residents association committee also served free tea/coffee and biscuits to everyone who visited the Methodist Church, and a special thank you must go to S.A.G.E. committee member and Methodist Church Minister Graham Harrison for allowing us to hire the Church Hall at such short notice.

The day certainly made it big through the local media, and was high profiled by BBC Radio Stoke and The Sentinel, which we are sure the rest of north Staffordshire would have heard all about it.


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