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Respect events brings the community together

OVER 50 parents and young people from Highfields attended a special event to help make a positive impact in their neighbourhood.

Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) and its partners ran a Respect Action Day, at The Grove School, on Thursday, January 28, to collect litter and give customers the chance to speak to them directly.

Representatives from Staffordshire Police, The Right Stuff Boxing Club, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Trading Standards, HERaTAGE, and SARH were on hand to give people support and offer practical advice.

Anna McLauchlan, SARH Neighbourhoods Project Officer, said: “The aim of the event was to get all of our customers, young and old, involved in the efforts to improve where they live and to talk to us about any issues within the community.

“We have spoken to a lot of customers at the event and the feedback we receive is invaluable to helping us highlight issues that need to be tackled in the local community.”

Youngsters also enjoyed free activities including circus skills workshops, face painting, and a bouncy castle.

Ruth Knott, secretary of residents’ association HERaTAGE and SARH board member, who attended the event, said: “Events like this are a really good opportunity for organisations to showcase the help and support that is on offer to local people.

“Meeting people face-to-face is important and the relaxed and informal environment at the Respect Events definitely means people are more willing to talk to us about any issues that they have.”

Further Respect Action Days are also being planned for later this year at Burton Manor, Doxey, and Barlaston. For more information please contact Anna McLauchlan on 0800 111 4554.

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