St Cybi’s has long been a problem area attracting alcohol and drug abuse, dog fouling, rough sleeping and fly tipping to name but a few.
Recent media attention shone a spotlight on local issues, prompting strong community support in tackling them head on. It was clear that local people felt empowered to make a difference to their physical environment through social activity.
A Community Clean-Up of St Cybi’s was organised and hosted by Mon CF through their Local Conversation volunteers. It was an event organised by the community from an issue identified by local people. Local Residents came out in force to litter pick, trim hedges, edge grass boundaries and generally make the place a little tidier.
Dan Millington, Local Conversations Officer at Mon CF described the event as powerful, saying that it showcased the immense CAN DO – WILL DO attitude displayed by Holyhead residents in tackling issues head-on. One local resident said that she felt unsafe walking through the lower church yard in daylight let alone at night – empowering her to leave the house and lend a helping hand at the event.
Holyhead’s Local Conversation is funded by People’s Health Trust, using money raised by Health Diverse through The Health Lottery. The Local Conversation Programme is a flexible, resident led funding model driven by what local people want. Through the programme, residents are supported to identify and take action on issues that are important to them.