South Hetton Litter PickA local landlord has been encouraging tenants to volunteer and get involved in the local community.

East Durham Homes’ customer involvement team arranged a number of events during volunteer’s week (1-12 June 2016) to encourage more people to get involved in the local community.

The events included a clean-up event at Kasko House in Blackhall Rocks on Wednesday, 1 June in partnership with Blackhall Residents Group.  The day started with a litter pick, where members of Blackhall Rocks Residents Association, youth club, Neighbourhood wardens and staff from Morrison Facilities Services and East Durham Homes managed to collect 16 bags of rubbish, helping to tidy up the estate and a small play area.

A skip was also provided by Morrison Facilities Services, which by the end of the day was practically full of unwanted household items and rubbish.

A litter pick event was also held with South Hetton Primary School on Wednesday, 8 June.  This is one of four schools which we have recently joined East Durham Homes’ school litter pick awareness programme, supported by Morrison Facilities Services. Morrison’s kindly provided a skip to help residents to dispose of unwanted household waste. The children tidied up the school grounds and nearby estates, collecting over 8 bags of rubbish.

Peter Eldrett, Customer Involvement Manager at East Durham Homes, said: “We are always looking at ways to get people involved in their local community.  That’s why we arrange events like these to give people the opportunity to do something right on their doorstep.”

East Durham Homes is a Registered Provider of social housing and part of County Durham Housing Group, together with Dale and Valley Homes and Durham City Homes.