Making a difference across the Daventry area

The Make a Difference Day project, 2012
The Make a Difference Day project, 2012
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Staff at a Daventry based housing association will be swapping their business suits for boiler suits and pens for paintbrushes in a bid to improve their local community.

Following on from the success of last year’s event, Daventry & District Housing (DDH) is hosting their second Make A Difference Day (MADD) on Friday September 20.

DDH will be joined for the first time this year by fellow group member Futures Homescape Ltd. Both organisations will be taking on tasks in their local areas with the aim of making a positive impact to their communities. Team members from FHG will also be helping out at both sites.

Over the last few weeks, local community groups have been encouraged to submit their projects for consideration, with a 90 strong team dedicating a day of their time to help.

On the day, staff from DDH will be tackling a range of tasks which include improving the communal gardens in Weedon, helping out in the classroom at Falconers Hill Infant School and sprucing up the Phoenix Centre in Daventry.

In total, 19 challenges will be undertaken by DDH and FHG staff.

DDH first had the MADD idea during the 2012 leap year. Deciding to make the most of the extra day, over 50 staff from the housing association completed 11 challenges, all with the aim of improving the Daventry district.

Jane Perryman, whose project received a helping hand last year, said: “I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by the team last year. It’s amazing what can be achieved in a day when you have people’s full commitment.

“We are so pleased to have the team returning. It means we can not only maintain but also build on the improvements which were made last year.”

Sarah Sims, community development officer at DDH said: “After last year’s Make A Difference Day proved to be so successful, we are determined to make this year even bigger.

“Everyone is really excited to get involved. The day is all about improving the community but it also gives us a chance to build stronger relationships with local community groups, something which our staff are always eager to do.

“We already support a number of community groups and projects through a dedicated fund, but this day gives us the opportunity to really get stuck in and make a practical difference to the Daventry District.”