Two popular play areas in Fenton have had a makeover, thanks to the efforts of community-minded volunteers from npower¿s local offices.
They joined forces with city council grounds and cleansing staff on Wednesday 12 September to paint play equipment, collect litter and tidy up overgrown areas at the Fenpark and Priorfield facilities.
Councillor Paul Shotton, deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and ward member for Fenton East, said: “These two areas are very popular with the young families and children in my ward. On their behalf, I’d like to thank the npower volunteers for their time and efforts.
“Our own grounds and cleansing staff work hard to keep the areas as clean and safe as possible, but we were delighted to be approached by npower via Community Service Volunteers (CSV) with the offer of help. Extra hands for a day go a long way. It’s meant a welcome makeover for the play equipment, and a thorough tidy up for both of the areas in general.”
The day’s work included preparing and repainting play equipment and benches, strimming grass and pruning trees, and collecting litter.
Chris Root, operations manager at npower’s offices in Fenton, said the group had enjoyed the team-building day, working directly within the local community.
“The ethos in our office is very much community-orientated and we decided we wanted to do something practical,” said Chris. “Although we all felt tired at the end of the day, it’s great that local people will benefit immediately from what we achieved.”
The npower volunteering programme is run in conjunction with CSV (Community Service Volunteers).