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Staff step out for community litter pick

Staff gave up their weekends to ‘make a difference’ by stepping out for a community litter pick, as part of a 15 year celebration for South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA).

To celebrate 15 years of the housing association staff, board members and partners have launched a Make a Difference (MAD) Days project. This sees people from the association volunteer time and services to benefit community projects across the district, which have been nominated by residents and staff.

As part of the project, kind-hearted staff from SSHA took to the streets of Essington to take part in a community litter pick with members from the Friends of Essington, a local community group.

Armed with rubbish pickers and bin bags, SSHA staff and the Friends of Essington Group collected more than 25 bin bags of rubbish to clean up the environment around Hill Street and Church Crescent.

Carol Wood, engagement officer for SSHA in Essington, said: “As a local housing provider we organise litter picks and community walkabouts to improve the desirability of the area, but this was a great opportunity to team up with the Friends of Essington to give the area an extra cleaning boost.

“The litter pick was a suggestion of one of our supported housing scheme managers in Essington. We are delighted that so many members of staff were willing to give up their own time to help benefit the local community.”

The MAD Days project will see more than 55 staff and board members donate their time to wield a paint brush, grab a spade, or set to with their toolkit, on a variety of schemes.

This is the third MAD Day project to be completed by SSHA. Others include the make over of Littleton Youth Centre and creating a wildlife garden at Wombourne Primary School. Staff are already working on their fourth project which is a partnership with local charities the House of Bread and Wolverhampton Foodbank.

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MAD litter pick3: Staff from SSHA take to the streets of Essington to take part in a litter pick as part of the organisation’s 15th anniversary MAD Days project.

MAD litter pick2: Steve Jasper from SSHA and five-year-old son Sam take part in the litter pick.

MAD litter pick1: Rachel Everitt from SSHA and Alan Vincent take part in the litter pick.