Residents have fun as estate showcases all it has to offer

Riley McCarthy, eight, at the Grange estate community engagement day in Kettering
Riley McCarthy, eight, at the Grange estate community engagement day in Kettering

Residents enjoyed a community event in Kettering and discovered what help is on offer in their area, from career advice and child care to activities for young people and crime-busting initiatives.

The community engagement event was held on Saturday (August 10) when local organisations working on the Grange estate set out their stalls and promoted their services.

Daniel Waite, community safety officer with the county council, organised the day, with help from the police, Groundwork, Youth Works, Thornton Children’s Centre and Kettering Council’s housing and environmental services departments.

He said: “The aim was to provide a fun day for families and show people living in the area exactly what organisations there are to help them and give advice.

“Often people just don’t know where to go to for the information they need.”

Among the groups taking part were the county’s library service, the Kettering-based charity Solve It, which helps people with substance abuse problems, CAN, the county-wide charity helping young people with drug, alcohol and housing issues, Groundwork, Youth Works, the community support charity Service Six, local PCSOs and Fossil Finders, which is based in the town.

Ali Mills, service manager with CAN, said: “We took part in the event to raise awareness of the help and support that we offer people across the county and in this community.”

There was plenty to keep youngsters occupied at the fun day, at Grange Methodist Church, while adults found out more about what their community has to offer.

There was a bucking bronco, a bouncy castle, a ball pool, demonstrations by the Balls-Up Juggling Club and refreshments.