Peoples’ park bench project marks wellbeing organisation’s 15th birthday

Peoples’ park bench project marks wellbeing organisation’s 15th birthday

A health and wellbeing social enterprise is donating park benches across several boroughs in the Liverpool City Region and it wants members of the public to choose where these benches should be located.

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The project is called ‘Peoples Park Benches’ and forms part of the organisations 15th birthday celebrations this month. A bench will be donated in each of the boroughs of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool and St Helens Borough, where the organisation has been operating for the last decade and a half.

Mark Swift Chief Executive of Wellbeing Enterprises said: “We’re delighted to mark our 15th year working with citizens to bring about the wellbeing improvements they want to see, by donating these park benches. We believe everyone should be able to make decisions about how resources are spent locally to enhance the community and we’re excited to see which locations citizens choose.”

Councillor Kate Groucutt, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, Estates and Communication, said: “It’s incredible to think that Wellbeing Enterprises have been supporting our communities and bolstering the voluntary sector in St Helens Borough for so long, and I wish them well for the future on their 15th birthday.

“This new project, that will engage with local people and enhance one of our parks, is another great example of their passion to work with and for our residents and others.

“Wellbeing Enterprises have also been supporting our St Helens Together community response to Covid-19, donating wellbeing packs to care leavers and cuddly toys to looked after children, making a real difference at this difficult time, and I’d like to thank Mark and his team for their kindness and generosity.”

With the support of each of the local councils Parks and Regeneration teams, several suitable locations for park benches have been identified in each borough. A Twitter poll for the St Helens Borough will be launched on Monday 17th August lasting for one week and will enable members of the public to choose their favourite location.

Each bench will be dedicated to the citizens of the borough with a plaque which will mention that its location has been selected through a public vote. You can place your vote via the Twitter poll launched through Wellbeing Enterprises Twitter account which is @WEcic_

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