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Young people from Barking and Dagenham helped out DIY Porter’s Lodge at the end of September by starting to paint the railings around the lake in Parsloe’s Park as part of the National Citizen Service. This was one of their BIG Challenge days, a government funded scheme which brings young people together from different ethnicities and income backgrounds to teach them what it means to be responsible and contribute to their communities. Find out more here.

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The idea to paint the railings and for other improvements to the Park came from residents and the newly formed Friends of Parsloes Park who’s aim is to encourage more people to use and enjoy the fine park. The group gained permission to paint the railings from the Council’s Park’s department who are keen to support local people who want to take action to improve their neighbourhood – exactly what DIY Porter’s Lodge is all about. Do you have an idea of how to improve the area that you’d like some help with? Please get in touch and we might be able to help to make it happen.

A BIG thank you to all the young people from The Challenge, Friends of Parsloe’s Park and everyone else who came down to help us. We’ve had some great feedback from residents so far which just shows that a little action can go a long way! Reede Road Allotments told us: “It warms your heart to know that people are looking after parts of the borough again & that old fashioned pride is resurfacing :0) … I grew up in Becontree and was always proud of that fact as it was a brilliant place to live :0)”

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