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Community ambassadors in search for more volunteers

Sunday, 26th October 2014.

Do you have an hour a week to spare to be part of a team of volunteers to act as the ‘eyes & ears’ of the community? Haverhill Community Ambassadors are looking for more volunteers and are holding a drop in information event on Friday, November 7.

The Community Ambassadors Scheme was launched in February following the consultation on the Haverhill Community Budget Plan, during which members of the public told ONE Haverhill that they wanted to be able to do more to help keep their local community maintained.

The aim is to recruit 50 volunteers to be the ‘eyes and ears’ of their community, identifying and reporting problems such as potholes, faulty street lights, abandoned vehicles, graffiti and fly-tipping.

Volunteers will also be able to carry out minor remedial work, including litter picking and cutting back overgrowth on the highway.

Community Action Suffolk has so far recruited 18 volunteers to be part of the ONE Haverhill Community Ambassadors Scheme. ONE Haverhill is an independent partnership that brings organisations and resources together to make them more effective and efficient in the town.

The scheme is run and supported by Community Action Suffolk’s St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath Volunteer Field Officer Elaine Hewes with funding from Suffolk County Council.

The information event will take place on 7 November at Haverhill House in Lower Downs Slade from 2pm to 3.30pm and Elaine will be on hand to answer questions.

Elaine, who is a member of ONE Haverhill’s Board representing Community Action Suffolk, said: “We want to hear from people who can spare an hour or so a week to keep an eye on their chosen area of Haverhill, which can be as small or as large as they are able to help with, to report any problems and, if they are able, carry out with our support very minor works. This could be litter picking, fixing a fence, cutting back some bushes.

“The information event is a very informal afternoon where people can drop by and ask questions about the project, meet other Community Ambassadors and find out what’s involved.

“This is a scheme for the town that is run and supported by people from Haverhill with the support of ONE Haverhill who set it up, Community Action Suffolk who administer it and Suffolk County Council who have funded the project.”

Anyone who cannot attend the event but would like further information can email Elaine Hewes at elaine.hewes@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk. You will need to complete a short form to register and then can discuss which area you would like to look after. The area can be as small or as large as you are able to help with.

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