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Community activism ready to flower in Northampton

Community activism ready to flower in Northampton

30 May 2013

The seeds of community activism will be sown in Northampton tomorrow (Friday 31 May), when 6,000 homes will receive a ‘guerrilla gardening’ kit.

It is hoped that the residents of the Spring Boroughs area will use the kit - including a small pot, a bag of compost, and a packet of seeds - as a way of allowing the community spirit to bloom.

The initiative by the UK’s largest union, Unite; the Community Court Yard; and local residents’ associations will see the kits delivered by volunteers to homes tomorrow.

Residents will be then be invited to a meeting being held at The Black Lion pub, Black Lion Hill, Northampton, NN1 1SW between 1.00pm-4.00pm on Friday 7 June to discuss how they can be become more involved in the issues that affect their area, such as anti-social behaviour, housing, and employment and welfare.

Unite regional community co-ordinator Luke Primarolo said: “This is an original initiative for Northampton designed to plant the idea of greater community activism amongst residents. We hope it will be fun, but also help address important local issues.”

Bianca Todd, founder, Community Court Yard said: “We are providing the community with the opportunity to unite and share their experiences of Spring Boroughs, good and bad, and then work with them to develop the skills to do something about their experiences.”

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For further information about this event, please contact Bianca Todd on 07925 730772 and/or Luke Primarolo 07717 787359

If anyone wants to get involved with this project and volunteer, then they can contact Community Court Yard directly on 07925 730772

For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

Community Court Yard says that nationally over one million young people are unemployed; in Northampton there are 19,000 young people living in poverty. The guerrilla gardening project transforms communities emotionally and physically. Through this project, young people are provided with the skills and confidence to both transform their locality and their own lives.

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.