Penfields Estate residents team-up for a community day spring-clean in Stourbridge

Residents of the Penfields Estate in Bredon Road, Stourbridge, took part in a fun-filled spring clean-up and community day organised by leading social housing provider Stonewater which owns and manages 250 properties in the development.

Armed with gloves, bin bags and skips, residents and Stonewater staff teamed-up to clear away rubbish and collect several skip-loads of unwanted household items from around the development. The all-day community event also gave residents the opportunity to meet and chat with Stonewater staff on a wide range of housing issues from money matters, home swaps and benefits advice to home repairs, maintenance and gardening. There was even a handy-man on site to help with small DIY jobs which needed doing on the day.

“It’s really important that our customers know about the services and support that we offer, and events such as this are a great way for us to build good relationships with our residents,” said Helen Barnsley, Policy and Customer Services Officer for Stonewater. “Everyone really enjoyed the day which was a great team-working exercise for us all. It also gave many of our office staff, who only ever speak to residents on the phone, the opportunity to meet and chat face-to-face with their customers and their families, have fun and get to know them better.”

She added: “There was a really good turnout at the event and it was great to see the community coming together and taking part in the neighbourhood spring clean.”

Conservative candidate for Stourbridge, Margot James, also attended and helped out at the event.