Carried out over the bonfire period, the team wanted to work together with the council to promote volunteer work in Oldham and to help ensure the area remained safe. Fly tipping, overloaded and abandoned skips, abandoned vehicles and insecure properties cause issues with fires set in alleyways, so by raising awareness and dealing with concerns they found they reduced demand in Hathershaw for the fire service, police and the community.
Everyone was actively engaged with identifying fire hazards, working in teams of mixed volunteers, with different levels of experience and knowledge. The teams explored the area and located items such as abandoned fridges, mattresses, carpets and unsafe wiring.
Many residents approached the team on the night to ask what they were doing, giving the Cadets the experience of speaking with members of the public. The ‘Tidy Oldham’ app reports sent directly to Oldham Council resulted in areas being cleaned and the project was a great opportunity for Citizens in Policing to share experiences and come together to resolve community problems.