Yarlington takes on Community Challenge
By Yarlington | Friday, November 01, 2013, 11:00
Aching legs, stiff backs and sore feet were all taken as part of the job this week, as a local company sent its employees out onto the streets to recycle unwanted goods while helping to enhance the area at the same time.
Yarlington’s Fiona Bearcroft, Gemma Burton-Connolly, Amanda Carver and Clare Hitchock
Community Assistant Mark Seaman and Hospital Accommodation Officer Sarah Morgan find a new friend in the recycling
Cousins Faith and Damon in the swap shop
Up to 50 members of staff from Yarlington Housing Group were involved in the skip-it recycling days this year held in Martock and Crewkerne, which provided a free facility to dispose of unwanted goods that are no longer of any use. Garages were gutted, lofts unloaded, sheds shed their contents and cupboards were cleared.
"The recycling events are by far the most popular with residents" said Head of Communities Ken Comber. "Each year we select projects to work on, and all those who get involved agree that it is a great benefit to everyone. For those who are unable to get the goods to us, we have laid on lorries and workers to collect them from their homes".
Although there was no charge made to dispose of the unwanted items, some residents were moved to make a donation, and a total of £81was raised which will go to Yarlington's charity of the year, the Flying Colours appeal.
Organiser Gemma Burton-Connolly said "We have has a huge variety of items brought along, and have salvaged and recycled everything that we can. We also set up an exchange for things that are of good quality. It makes such a change to get out into our communities; it was tiring but so worth it. We are very grateful for the help given to us by the Levels Scout group, Somerset Waste Partnership and Carymoor".
Challenge Yarlington was launched in 2011 as part of the company's community engagement work, and encouraged those who wanted to take part to give up a working day to work with residents and their neighbours on projects that would benefit to those who lived there.