Volunteer group cleans up Community Calendar prize

Residents have had efforts to improve their local environment rewarded with a cash prize while also becoming the face of a pioneering community initiative.

The Friends of Stanney Oaks Group have been cleaning up the neighbourhood of the Town Ward district for several months and sent in a picture of their work for a Community Calendar being produced by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast (CLAHRC NWC).   

CLAHRC NWC is delivering a programme of research, the Neighbourhood System Resilience Programme, which aims to develop greater resilience in ten neighbourhoods across the North West and measure its impact on health inequalities across communities.

A digital photography competition in seven of the neighbourhoods, encouraging residents to capture images of events, sites, people, places or things they like in their community was launched to kick start the initiative and capture existing resilience work.

Bud Boelhouwer of Little Stanney, who co-ordinates the local group, said: “We have  established ourselves as an official residents group and are actively looking for funding opportunities to make improvements and make our estate an even better place to live. The £30 prize money for the winning photograph will be considered as our first funding and will be gladly spent on some flowers to enhance the appearance of the entrance of our estate! We’re delighted to be on the front page of the calendar spearheading this great initiative.”

Sarah Mosedale, Senior Research Associate & Theme Manager at CLAHRC NWC said: “This group’s work is an example of an activity that brings people together to make positive changes in their area. It’s a great picture to have on the front page of the calendar which will be circulated amongst the local community.”

Picture: Residents Bud Boelhouwer (left), with John Trevett and Peter Holt and calendar. 

More articles     Posted on: 06 October 2016