Team Approach to MAD Day Mark 2!

Wakefield BID and friends have been making a difference in Wakefield city centre all over again!

Following the success of their first Make a Difference (MAD) Day in January, Wakefield Business Improvement District (BID) joined forces with local businesses, West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield Council, for a repeat exercise to help make areas of the city centre spic and span and more appealing to visitors.

The 30 plus team of volunteers sprang into action scrubbing and painting bollards, scraping off chewing gum from pavements and planting up the prepared flowerbeds in front of the Cathedral.The MAD Days originated from a mapping exercise carried out in October when the BID and stakeholders toured the city centre identifying areas with room for improvement.

Armed with specialist tools provided by Wakefield Council Streetscene and plenty of enthusiasm, the BID Team including three BID directors, the BID ambassadors and volunteers from HSBC bank plus Interserve and their clients spent a MAD day targeting parts of Westgate, Little Westgate, Cross Square and the Bull Ring.

Wakefield Council Engagement and Outreach Officer, Joe Ackroyd said: “The Make a Difference Day fits perfectly with what our service and Wakefield Council are trying to achieve. My job is to engage with community groups, improve the city centre environment and improve the Council’s partnership with independent shops.

“This is all achieved through the Make a Difference Day and we’re delighted to team up with the Wakefield BID team and other MAD day volunteers and be a part of it once again.”

Paint pots in hand – BID staff, directors and volunteers from local businesses set to work making a difference in Wakefield city centre.

BID Manager Elizabeth Murphy who organised the MAD Day said: “This kind of partnership, working with local businesses and key stakeholders of the City centre, really supports promoting the Pride, Passion and Partnerships that is evident within the city today.

“Thanks to the great reception we received from our previous MAD Day in January, more and more people are collaborating with us to make Wakefield City Centre more attractive and the city centre is now shining for summer and the range of free events we are hosting.”

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