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Over a hundred residents attended our ‘Community Spirit Day’ at Sawyers Close, Windsor, organised by the Sawyers Close Residents’ Association (SCRA) and opened by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Councillor Asghar Majeed. The Community Spirit Day combined educational activities, such as CPR and recycling, with fun to promote awareness of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) on the Sawyers Close estate, on which we have many rented homes.
Through the projects and groups run by SCRA and supported by us, ASB on the estate has been reduced by 70%; both young and older residents have been provided with new opportunities and activities, such as bingo sessions, trips out and community events; new gardens have been planted where once there was just rubble; and as a result, residents feel closer, more empowered and have a heightened sense of pride in their community.
Carol McCall, Chair of SCRA, said: “It was a brilliant day and has brought us all together as a Residents’ Association. It has got a new lot of residents on board and involved in planning for our Jubilee party next year. Radian staff were brilliant, especially our Housing Officer, Duncan Holden, who took time out of his holiday to show up.”
The invitation to the Community Spirit Day was open to all Sawyers residents and there were plenty of interest from the children in the Graffiti Workshop that discouraged vandalism and promoted art. A treasure hunt and other fun activities were run by partnership agencies such as the Community Wardens and PCSO, as well as a free BBQ, all funded by our grant. The day provided an ideal opportunity for residents to speak to our Thames Community Development team about any funding for grants they wanted to apply for or any queries they may have had.
Rachel Salter, our Thames Community team leader, said: “We were delighted to support this event. It was delivered by local residents for local residents and it really enabled local people to talk about what Antisocial behaviour is, how it impacts on them and how they can work as a community to tackle it with Radians support”