More Essex residents to be encouraged to Step Up and help build resilient communities

Across Essex residents are stepping up to create stronger communities. A new campaign focusing on highlighting these people and inspiring others to follow their lead is set to hit the streets in January and February.

The #SteppingUp campaign puts the spotlight on five simple steps people can take which can have a hugely beneficial effect personally, in communities and for public services.

Five roadshows are being held across the county over the next four weeks, using interactive content to provide ideas and inspiration on how and where people can get involved across Essex.

The five simple steps people are being encouraged to take are:

• Volunteering – this could be anything from neighbourhood watch to coaching at sporting clubs

• Providing informal care - for example checking on vulnerable older neighbours

• Giving children the best start in life – encouraging parents to take more responsibility for their child’s development and wellbeing

• Keeping healthy and active – encouraging people to take more care of their own health and lead healthier lifestyles.

• Reusing and recycling more - 52.6 per cent of all household waste is now being recycled, composted or reused in Essex.We want to work with residents to encourage more use of kerb side recycling collections -recycling waste is a sustainable way of managing household waste and helps to look after the environment of Essex.

The events are being run in partnership with local voluntary organisations, borough, district and city councils, local colleges and the NHS. The first round of roadshows will be held at the following times and locations:

• January 15-16 – Epping; outside Barclays, High Street, between 10am and 3pm

• January 21-22 – Braintree; the bandstand, George Yard, between 10am and 3pm

• January 27-30 – Chelmsford, High Chelmer Shopping Centre, outside Primark, between 9am and 6pm

• February 2-3 – Colchester; Colchester Library, Trinity Square, between 10am and 3pm

• February 5-6 – Basildon; Eastgate Shopping Centre, between 9am and 6pm.

Leader of the Council, Cllr David Finch said: “These roadshows will shine a light on the incredibly valuable work already being done in communities by the voluntary sector and public services, and provide the opportunity for more people to get involved.

“The five simple steps the campaign focuses on can make a huge difference and help builder stronger, more resilient communities.”

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We’re talking about five steps but together they represent a triple-jump to mutual success. The more of these steps each of us take, the better it is for the individual, the community and the services we offer.

“Indeed, the stepping up campaign will play an integral role in helping us assure quality of services despite financial constraints“

The campaign will be supported across the council’s social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. Follow it by searching for #SteppingUp.

Visit the #SteppingUp microsite for further information

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