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Brandwood joins together to create clean community

A team of enthusiastic neighbourhood police officers and community volunteers came together in the Brandwood ward in Birmingham yesterday (Friday 1 November) to organise a clean-up of the area.
Around 57 people from the local area joined forces  to offer their time and stood together in the name of teamwork and community cohesion.

The volunteer group was made up of young people aged between 10 – 17 and residents and staff from local services and businesses. The day was aimed at deterring anti-social behaviour and to encourage pride in the area and was kindly funded by the Birmingham City Council Housing team.
Over half a ton of waste was removed. 
One resident who chose not to be named, said: “The event went really well and the area is looking much cleaner. The kids even loved taking part! It was great working together.”
All participants on the day received a thank you certificate and a bag of sweet treats for their efforts, donated by the local Sainsbury’s store on Maypole Lane and Tesco Express on Alcester Road South.

PCSO Nadeem Mahmood, from the Brandwood Neighbourhood team, said: “I’m really pleased to see that this day was a great success.
“The feedback from residents has been really positive and I like to see us all coming together to make a huge positive difference to the areas we live and work in.”
The community clean-up was deliberately organised to coincide with the half term week for local schools, so as many children as possible could take part.

Many thanks to Bells Farm Community Centre for letting officers use their facilities and to all local businesses for offering their services. Well done to all involved.

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