We've spruced up Westfield in Workington

Despite it being a rainy day, Castles & Coasts Housing Association (CCHA) led a successful community clean up event in the Firth View Walk area of Westfield in Workington last Wednesday, 2nd August. The community day was part of a summer multi-agency programme of ‘Operation Respect’ events, which aim to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Throughout the day, CCHA colleagues were joined by local residents and teams from Cumberland Council, Cumbria Police, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, and Tivoli to litter pick, load up community skips, remove rubbish and promote health and wellbeing. Local children that mucked in to help were rewarded with free ice creams.  

As well as the activities and access to support, the event also gave residents the chance to chat directly to agencies about any concerns or issues in their communities. Lots of families accessed the health and wellbeing services on site, and many residents signed up for safe and well visits with Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and received free smoke alarms.

Anna Bates, Head of Housing at CCHA said: “Fly-tipping and litter can really blight a neighbourhood. By the end of our day in Westfield, we could really see the difference around Firth View Walk, West View Walk and Rowe Terrace.

“With the help of residents we filled two huge skips, filled ten bags with litter, removed several truckloads of rubbish, and properly disposed of old white and electrical goods. The hard work paid off and has helped to help make the area a cleaner, greener place to live. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day – we’re so glad the rain didn’t put you off!”

Allerdale Local Focus Hub – a problem-solving partnership co-ordinated by Cumberland Council and Cumbria Police – has organised the programme of events, each of which is led by one of the hub’s social housing providers.

Emma Thompson, Senior Manager Community Safety and Resilience at Cumberland Council, said: “Thank you to CCHA for your incredible efforts – the team were everywhere and out in full force – and to all of the residents and partner agencies who joined us.

“The recreational green spaces look so much more inviting now, residents made the most of having access to agencies on their doorstep and loads of partner connections were made on the day. I know these will lead to a greater understanding of services moving forward.”

There is more information about the full programme of events on the Cumberland Council website here.