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Mayor commends Halton Goals for volunteering efforts
Date of article: 26-Jul-10
Article By: CIC
Halton Mayor, Marie Wright, and Mayoress, Sheila Walsh, welcomed residents of Runcorn based homelessness service, Halton Goals, to Runcorn Town Hall to thank them for their volunteering efforts.
Residents and staff from the service have undertaken a number of volunteering projects within their community this year. Most recently, they worked alongside their neighbours, spending a day collecting litter that had been dropped in their local estate, as part of Halton’s ‘Respect Week’.
Halton Goals provides supported housing as well as education and personal development opportunities to young homeless people aged 16-25. The service is run by Widnes based national social care Charity, CIC (Community Integrated Care).
Mayor Marie Wright and Mayoress Sheila Walsh gave the residents a guided tour of the historic Town Hall followed by a question and answer session, in which the residents asked Marie and Sheila about their work and the Mayor and Mayoress found out more about life in Halton Goals and the hopes of its young residents.
Mayor Marie Wright said, “We were delighted to welcome the residents of Halton Goals to the town hall. By taking part in initiatives like Halton’s Respect Week, Halton Goals’ residents are sending a really positive message to their local community.”
Brian Parsons, manager of Halton Goals said. “People who are homeless face a lot of stereotypes, but all of the residents in Halton Goals appreciate that they are part of their local community and want to positively represent themselves and our service. For the past year Halton Goals has been involved in a number of community projects and we will be doing even more work in the future.”
Danielle Kenny who lives at Halton Goals said, “We all want to give something back to the community. Often, people have negative opinions about homeless people, so we hope that by volunteering our neighbours have seen that we are good kids who really want to help out. It was great to meet the Mayor and Mayoress and visit the town hall, they made us very welcome and we all had a fantastic time.”