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Lending A Hand

15 March 2016

U's assist in Community Day of Action.

The Greenstead Community Association, in collaboration with Essex University Student Union VTeam, played host to the Day of Action on Friday.

Colchester United and the U's Football in the Community team played their part in a Community Day of Action in St Andrew's Ward in Colchester last week.

The event, which was co-ordinated from the Greenstead Community Centre, was the twentieth day of action to take place in the Borough within the past seven years and continued the approach, begun with last September's successful Lexden Community Day of Action, where community groups take the lead on priorities to tackle issues of local concern.

The Greenstead Community Association and the Essex University Student Union VTeam - which co-ordinates the activities of student volunteers - worked alongside the Safer Colchester Partnership - which includes Colchester Borough Council, Essex Police, Colchester Borough Homes and Essex Fire and Rescue Service - to tackle a range of tasks identified as a priority by local residents. A few of the priorities already identified included:-

- Clearing-up around the Charles Pell Road car park and surrounding areas
- Supporting a local youth club to attract new volunteers
- Setting up a community speed watch, to deter speeding vehicles in a number of locations across the ward
- Helping to improve rates of recycling

The U's were in place to help with a litter pick at the Unity Primary School with fluffy favourite Eddie the Eagle, whilst the Football in the Community team offered coaching on Magnolia Fields on the estate.

"We hope that, by working alongside enthusiastic volunteers, even more people in the St. Andrew's Ward will be inspired to take pride in where they live."

Colchester Borough Council's Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Licensing and Culture, Councillor Tim Young, said: "Over the past seven years Community Days of Action have proven to be a winning formula, empowering residents to work with a range of statutory and non-statutory organisations to make long-lasting improvements to their local area.

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