Joining forces to clean-up the community 

Suffolk Housing tenants, staff, the public and partners have joined forces to carry out a community clean-up on an Ipswich estate after listening to feedback from local residents.

The small army of volunteers spent a morning clearing communal areas at Dandalan Close, while also working with residents to remove any unwanted items from homes and garages. The initiative coincided with national customer services week, which runs until today (5 October).

The team filled two skips to the brim, donated a van-load of white goods and furniture to the Ipswich Furniture Project, and worked with Ipswich Borough Council to ensure waste was recycled wherever possible. Other items, including a giant teddy bear, books and children’s toys, were donated to a nearby charity shop.

Sam Rackham, community development advisor with Suffolk Housing, worked with partners to organise the clean-up after listening to the views of tenants. She said: “Our residents told us that managing refuse and living on a clean and tidy estate was their priority, which is how the idea for the clean-up was born.

“We were blown away by the amount that we were able to either throw away or recycle, and are really pleased we were also able to help out others by donating whatever we could to charity or the Ipswich Furniture Project.

“Garages, bin stores and communal areas are now tidy, while homes are free of unwanted items and the estate is looking great. But – most importantly – we listened to the things our residents told us were important and took action.

“The clean-up showed just what can be achieved when we work with our residents and in partnership with other organisations, and is something we are keen to repeat elsewhere in the future.”

Cllr Glen Chisholm, from Ipswich Borough Council, who helped at the clean-up said: “The event was a fantastic example of community spirit with residents coming together and showing concern for their area. Well done to Suffolk Housing for organising this and an excellent effort by all involved.”

Suffolk Housing also worked with the council’s waste team to give residents information about what can and cannot be recycled, while contractors Gasway helped to move items out of tenants’ flats and paid for one of the skips.

 

 

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