300 volunteers took part in Newcastle “Big Clean Up”

The Big Clean Up saw volunteers and representatives from Newcastle City Council’s communities team, Groundwork, Sage – the market leaders for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems, Your Homes Newcastle and the Byker Old Town Partnership help to improve the local environment. An amazing two-hundred and fifty volunteers attended from Sage, alone.

Jill Kirkley, Sage aged 37 of CramlingtonThe activities included litter picking, general maintenance, pruning shrubbery and the removal of overgrown hedges.

The programme was co-ordinated by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN) who joined forces with Sage, one of the region’s largest employers, to deliver a day of community volunteering in and around the Scarborough Court area of Byker.

Byker Old Town is square in shape with the boundaries being Union Road, Welbeck Road, Grace Street and Roman Road.

Groundwork is currently working with the Byker Old Town Partnership to hold weekly volunteering sessions for the residents to help them improve the area in which they live. The Sage volunteering day has given the project a kick start and will hopefully encourage more residents to join in.

Cllr Nick Kemp, city council cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services, said: “This partnership event is all about community. Showing how people from the business community can join forces with local residents, groups, organisations and the City Council to help improve the upkeep of the environment.

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