ngage, the community organisation and volunteer centre for Thurrock held a ‘Make a Difference Day’ event to support the CSV national make a difference day, which is the UK’s largest day of volunteer action.
Residents and volunteers joined ngage and council staff to help clear the estate of litter and encourage residents to clear unwanted items from their home or front or back gardens.
TRUP, the re-use partnership had mattresses and bikes donated that can be re used and Thurrock Council were on hand to take away extra rubbish generated from the day.
Residents were able to view plans on open space improvements as part of the Purfleet Positive Woodland Management project which is aimed to help community links between the Purfleet Estates and Friends of Wood or Open space Groups. It is envisaged that future planting days and events will take place over the coming months with local residents and volunteers.
Annette Lewis, community worker for ngage said “It was a great event and we were overwhelmed with what was achieved on the day. We had many volunteers and local residents take part, including a group of people from Sunnyside House who jointly won the Scavenger hunt with a family from the estate”
Annette continued to say “We would like to thank Diddy Skips, a local skip company for donating the 2 skips we used and Lynn from the Garrison Community flat who was on hand making food and refreshments for the volunteers throughout the day. We would also like to thank Thurrock Council and staff for their support they gave us at the event”.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering, visit the ngage website on www.ngagethurrock.org.uk or call 01375 389853.