Recruitment for a new scheme to improve Haverhill’s streets has been launched as part of ONE Haverhill’s Community Budget
The community ambassadors scheme aims to recruit up to 100 volunteers to identify and report problems in the town such as potholes, faulty street lights, graffiti and fly-tipping.
Volunteers will be able to carry out minor remedial work, including litter picking and cutting back overgrowth on the highway.
The scheme was developed by local organisations working with residents and will supplement the efforts of service providers.
It aims to be up and running by March, with set-up and running costs met by Suffolk County Council as part of the One Haverhill Neighbourhood Community Budget pilot. Volunteers will receive training and equipment.
Sarah Howard, ONE Haverhill Board chairman, said: “This is a fantastic example of how the Community Budget brings together local organisations and local people for the good of Haverhill.
“During our consultation work for Haverhill Community Budget residents suggested a scheme such as this to allow them to contribute to the community in which they live.
“In fact almost half of those surveyed said they would volunteer for activities if they knew it would make a positive difference for Haverhill, and the Community Ambassadors scheme will do just that.”
Will Austin, ONE Haverhill board member said: “Residents have quite rightly highlighted the need for cleaner streets and quicker attention to problems, and the Community Ambassadors scheme will help local people to make sure we get these improvements.
“We know that services paid for through council tax are being heavily squeezed by budget constraints which can be frustrating, and this scheme means we can do more for ourselves.”
Elaine Hewes, volunteering field officer for Community Action Suffolk, said: “If we can recruit 100 volunteers to take responsibility for just a few streets each, everyone in Haverhill will have their own community ambassador to be a champion for their patch.”
For more details on becoming a community ambassador, contact Elaine Hewes on 07990576893 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.