Volunteers in Wrexham help as community given clean-up

Reporter:

Rory Sheehan

VOLUNTEERS collected more than 20 bin bags of rubbish from a busy footpath and cycleway during a community clean-up.

Participants from Wrexham’s Recovery in Action project picked up dozens of bottles, broken glass, household goods, food packaging and drugs litter, including a small number of sharps from the route between Watery Road and Morrisons on Ruthin Road in the town centre.

This day was the latest in Recovery in Action’s programme of monthly community volunteering days, which allow people with a history of drug and alcohol misuse to give something back to their community, boost civic pride, build confidence and self-esteem, and gain skills.

The programme was backed by members of the public through the North Wales Police and North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s Your Community Your Choice initiative, and is supported by both Wrexham Council’s Together in Wrexham grant scheme and Keep Wales Tidy.

Project manager Elen Richards said the effort had shown what could be achieved with a little elbow grease.

“Our team were proud of the difference they were able to make in tackling this mess, and were pleased to work alongside the community,” she said.

“Their efforts show that with the right support people in recovery can make a real contribution to the area they live in.”

Recovery in Action works with local representatives and community councils to identify areas in need of a touch of tender loving care.

Brynyfynnon Councillor Phil Wynn, who requested the latest clean-up after working with the team late last year, said it was a wonderful effort.

“I’m very appreciative of the hard work of the team from Recovery in Action in clearing the cycleway of litter which has collected there over the winter months,” he said.

“It really has made quite a difference to the area.”

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