Over 50 people attended a Neighbourhood Action Day in Bury, which included a free hot meal for young people, free paint packs for social housing tenants, use of a skip and children’s entertainment in the form of reptile handler Ranger Rob.

The Spring Into Action event on Monday 19th February was organised by Chesham Fold Tenant and Resident Association (TRA), with support from Six Town Housing (STH). While children were being entertained by snakes and lizards, local residents participated in a neighbourhood clean-up with STH staff and TRA volunteers.

STH staff were on hand to talk to tenants about repairs and hosted a stall offering employment advice. They also provided the paint packs and the use of a skip for bulky items during the clean-up.

The hot meal for children was provided by the Bury Women’s Labour Forum, as the TRA hoped it might support some of the more vulnerable families on the estate – many of whom use their weekly foodbank.

Kiera Delaney, Chair of the TRA, said, “The aim of Spring Into Action was to bring the community together to help make our estate sparkle and help them report repairs. Six Town Housing officers were also on hand to discuss any issues tenants have, and are available most days in the community centre if anybody would like to talk to them. We look forward to running more events like these in future and welcome any ideas that local residents have.”

Kirsty Booth, STH Community Development Worker, said, “STH welcomed the opportunity to support Chesham Fold TRA in delivering the event and I received a number of repairs from tenants that we can fix as a result.”

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