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Community news HELENA HEADLINES spring 2012

Sandalwood Garden’s Residents Celebrate In Style with Saints Residents at Helena’s Sandalwood Gardens Sheltered Scheme celebrated the launch of their newly revamped community room - with two famous Saints players from yesteryear. Geoff Pimblett and Kel Coslett, who played for St Helens’ favourite Rugby League team in the 1970s, enjoyed an afternoon of fun and entertainment with residents who are now going to put their new haven into good use. The new community room has been transformed, it now has more space and is easier to access. Residents even got involved with the revamp and selected the flooring, decoration, colour scheme and décor for their brand new shared space. During the celebrations, residents took part in a range of activities including line dancing, Easter Egg decorating and floral display making. Resident Teresa Saunders said: “Lots of hard work has gone into making our new community room a success, we are already planning our next activities. We can’t wait to start using it.”

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Residents Keep Tags On Their Bikes Residents from Haydock have been safeguarding their wheels at a special bike tagging event. The safety conscious cyclers attended the event at Pimblett Road where members of Merseyside Police informed them about the importance of using bike tags to minimise the risk of theft. After being clued on how to keep their cycles safe, each attendee received their very own uniquely coded bike tag which allows the Police to identify any recovered bikes and return them to their owners. Graham Ellis, Community Engagement Officer at Helena, said: “This event was a great way of highlighting the extra security measures owners can put in place to reduce the likelihood of having their bikes stolen.”

For further information about how to keep your bike safe visit

Have Your Say At Community Listening Events Would you like to have your say on neighbourhood issues? We are offering a series of listening events to give you the chance to speak to Helena staff and some of our partners to tell us about the things that matter to you most. During each event, we will be taking on board all of your thoughts and suggestions and we will be holding feedback sessions to show you how we have responded to your needs. The next listening events will take place at: • Trees Community Centre, Wargrave Estate, Newton; Wednesday 4th April, 11am – 2pm; • Christ Church Hall, Chapel Lane, Eccleston; Wednesday 9th May, 11am – 2pm. Everybody who attends can enjoy a free lunch and raffle.

For further information, contact our Community Engagement Team on 01744 63 73 83. 2

Meet your Community Engagement Officers Helena’s Community Engagement team work in the heart of our estates, supporting local communities and tackling neighbourhood issues including youth anti-social behaviour and improving the environment.

Meet the Team...

Community Engagement Officers (CE0s) based at Helena West: Tanya Roberts and Joanne Lyon

Did you Know… Since April 2010 your CEOs have provided 230 community activities and contributed over £70,000 to community projects across St Helens. You can see some examples of these below.

Community Engagement Officers (CEOs) based at Helena East: Graham Ellis and Pauline Vass

What do your CEOs do for your neighbourhood? • W  ork alongside partners to organise events for everyone to enjoy – from action packed family fun-days to sports and arts and craft events; • G  ive you a voice by using your feedback and views to influence decisions that affect your community, and set priorities to make positive changes;

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• P  rovide diversionary activities for young people to reduce anti-social behaviour; • H  elp young people to find employment and training opportunities. If you would like to get involved in improving your community or if you have a few spare hours to volunteer contact your Community Engagement Officer by calling Helena One Call on 01744 63 73 83.

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Young People from Derbyshire Hill celebrated their school holidays having fun on four wheels at a Go Kart party. After cruising down to Derbyshire Hill Family Centre, children from the Mount Pleasant and Cherry Tree Drive estates gave Lewis Hamilton a run for his money as they raced around the tracks. Pauline Vass, Community Engagement Officer at Helena, said: “Everyone who came to the Go-Kart party had a fantastic time – it was a brilliant activity to give the children something fun to do during the half-term holidays.”

Football Sessions Give the Red Card to Anti-social Behaviour

Football sessions for young people are helping to kick anti-social behaviour into touch. Soccer mad fans across St Helens come together once a month for a kick-about organised by Police Community Support Officers at Thatto Heath’s Fives sports centre. The games attract around 50 young people and help to tackle anti-social behaviour by providing fun and energetic activities to keep you people entertained. To find out more about Fives Football, call Tanya Roberts on 01744 63 73 83.

Moss Bank Resident Nominated for Queen’s Birthday Honours Helena has nominated Jennie Williams from Moss Bank for a Birthday Honours Award from the Queen for her outstanding dedication to volunteering. Jennie set up Shoots, an affordable fresh fruit and veg scheme, which now provides 21,000 orders every year. Jennie also volunteers as Chair of Moss Bank TRA and is a member of Communities Together and Helena’s Customer Excellence Panel. She said: “I love volunteering and hope I will be able to carry on for many years. To see the smile on a child or older person’s face is all the thanks I need.” 4

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Making Helena Estates Safer Tackling anti-social behaviour on Helena estates remains a high priority for our neighbourhood offices and Anti-Nuisance Team. A recent high visibility night saw Helena, re:new and local police join forces and visit over 400 homes on the Sutton Heath estate – talking to residents about issues including anti-social behaviour. Residents pointed out graffiti hot spots and shared concerns about the amount of young people hanging around the streets. We were also made aware of how the lack of street lighting on the estate left tenants feeling unsafe in the dark. Helena’s Neighbourhood Teams and Community Engagement Officers have removed the identified graffiti and are continuing to work alongside partners to provide activities to keep young people occupied and off the streets. We have also identified where street lighting is poor and we are working with St Helens Council to resolve this. A community group is being set up to give Sutton Heath residents an opportunity to have their say about their estate and make suggestions where things can be improved. If you are interested in getting involved please contact Rachel Bennett, Neighbourhood Coordinator on 01744 63 73.

Volunteers Needed for Young People’s Dream Teams Adult volunteers are needed to help support a community-boosting scheme for young people. Dream Teams offer young people a chance to get stuck into environmental initiatives including horticultural projects.

Dream Team Volunteers were awarded a grant from Children in Need from 2010-2013

For every voluntary contribution, young people are able to gain points which they can swap for rewards – past treats have included a private tour around the new Saints stadium or a trip to the Liverpool Museum.

We’re looking for new helpers to come on board – you can give as little or as much time as you choose – even just one hour a month will make a big difference. Volunteers can access training and support from Helena including fund raising and community group training. CRB checks will also be provided. For further details, contact Tanya Roberts on 01744 63 73 83.

Gateway to a hub of Information St Helens Gateway is an independent, confidential and free service which can help Helena tenants and local residents if you are looking for information or services around health, social care or wellbeing in the borough. The Gateway can help point you in the right direction if you are looking to improve your wellbeing, access local support groups, find counselling/someone to talk to or to find services available to older people, people with disabilities and people with mental health problems. You can access the service by going online at or by visiting the Millennium Centre reception on Corporation Street.



What’s On Guide Would you like to find out the dates for your next Tenant Drop-In sessions? Are you interested in finding out what events and activities are coming up in your area? Or maybe you would like to know when the next Estate Walkabout is on your estate?

Co m in g up near you: Coffee Mornings Estate Walkabouts Helena Tenant Drop-In Sessions Listening Events

Whatever you’re looking for, you can find out about activities and events in your local area by visiting: •  Helena Homes website: then click ‘Events’ to view our full calendar. •

Helena Homes TV (HHTV):

-  Sky viewers: Go to the Community Channel (number 539); press the red button, enter Quick Code 4488. -  Virgin viewers: Go to the Community Channel (number 233); press the red button, enter Quick Code 4488.

- To access through Nintendo Wii or internet-enabled mobile phones, type this into your browser: then click the ‘What’s On’ tab for a listing of all events.

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