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Community clean-up in Swanside

by Laura Johnston

Community volunteers, local councillors and staff from a Knowsley-based social impact business and housing provider got their hands dirty to support a community action day in Swanside.

The clean-up team spent six hours painting, tiling, grass cutting, replacing gutters, trimming trees and hedgerow branches and litter picking at Roby Playing Fields, Roby Hub and Swanside Community Centre, on Tuesday, 3 September, between 9am and 3pm.

The clean-up, organised by Swanside and Roby councillors, will benefit the local community as hundreds of local residents, including a number of primary schools, sports groups and families use the playing fields and community centres every year.

The event also included family activities such as face painting and the chance to build an insect house, to help keep local children entertained.

Swanside Councillor and Knowsley Council Leader Cllr Graham Morgan, said:

“We’re grateful to the local community, Knowsley Housing Trust and First Ark Group for supporting this event that we’ve arranged to benefit the local community. Roby Playing Fields, Roby Hub and Swanside Community Centre are all great resources for all residents to use.”

Roby Councillor Cllr Margaret Harvey, said:

“We are overwhelmed with the response from our valued partner in terms of the number of employees and the donation of materials and a skip. This is an excellent example of collaboration and working better together for our communities.”

Yvonne Rae, Social Inclusion Coordinator at Age UK’s Roby Hub, said: “A massive ‘thank you’ for the organisation of the Social Action Day. There was a fantastic turnout not only at Roby Hub, but across the three locations. These action days massively support us as a charity trying to make ends meet to deliver our services, as well as keeping the hub a thriving place to gather for the local residents – and I am sure it’s the same across the other locations.”