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Picnic in the Park renews community spirit

Picnic in the Park renews community spirit

Wombourne residents are coming to the fore to launch a new residents’ group after a family event brought the community together.

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) joined forces with the Community Council of Staffordshire to spark interest from residents living on the Giggetty estate in forming a residents’ group.

More than 200 people attended a Picnic in the Park at the Birch Hill Play Area. The event was held by SSHA and the Community Council to engage with local people.

Over 20 residents showed an interest in forming a residents’ group to help address community issues around the Giggetty estate and to represent people’s views.

Carol Wood, SSHA engagement officer, said: “We were delighted in the support from people wanting to form a residents’ group. It will be a fantastic way to ensure that people of all ages are involved and engaged in their community.

“The group will be able to achieve a number of things for local people but fundamentally it is about making the community a better place to live. This means reducing anti-social behaviour, improving the opportunities of local young people and building a stronger sense of community spirit.”

An initial meeting will be arranged for people interested in forming a group. Support and advice will be offered from SSHA to establish the group, as well as applying for funding and answering any queries residents may have.

As well as enjoying the sun, families were kept entertained with dancing, balloon modelling and a visit from the ice cream van. Some VIP guests also joined the party, including Peppa Pig, Katsuma and Mickey Mouse.

“It was a great afternoon, full of sun and fun”, commented Community Council Village Agent Sabrina Sproston, who helped to organise the event.

“The children had a great time dancing with the characters, and it gave us an opportunity to talk to the local people and get an idea of what they want out of their community,” she added.

For more information on getting involved in the new residents’ group please call the Community Engagement team on 0800 096 8690.