Volunteers pitch in to make a difference at Fieldhead

Release Date: 15-Nov-2011
Local residents joined forces with staff from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) last week on a voluntary project to improve the appearance of Nussey Avenue in Fieldhead.

Making a difference on Nussey Avenue

Making a difference on Nussey Avenue

The wooden fences on the street had seen better days. So local resident Sharon Jackson asked if KNH could do something to spruce them up.

KNH provided wood stain, brushes, overalls and staff to help with the project, and the caretaking team prepped the fencing so it could be stained.

KNH staff involved in the Fieldhead regeneration project were joined by a dozen residents, and together, they spent nearly four hours painting the fences. The improvement was immediate.

According to Sharon, “it was brilliant to see so many people out to help. There was a great sense of community spirit, with people of all ages turning out to pick up a paint brush and make a difference. I’ve had really positive feedback from other neighbours and it would be great to see this kind of thing happening on other streets too.”

Philip Bellinger, the Batley and Birstall housing manager, said: “It was great to see residents and staff working together and getting stuck in to stain the fences. In just a few hours, the fences were transformed. It got neighbours working alongside each other and it made a big difference to the local area."

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