Apart from providing a community venue, Sunflower House also manages the popular Folkestone Town Sprucer, a freely-delivered service that daily deploys job-seekers and volunteers to clean up and enhance the town.
Sprucer Peter Phillips heads a team of up 20. They litter-pick, remove graffiti, clean road signs, cut back overgrowth, garden for the elderly and disabled, clear walkways and cycle paths and 101 other tasks aimed at improving the environment and raising civic pride. The work is complementary to and often outside the remit of services provided by the three tiers of local authority.
Additionally, the scheme delivers work experience for long-term job-seekers of all ages, offering a springboard to full-time employment. Moving directly from the Sprucer, 15 job-seekers found work between 2015 and 2017. The scheme boosts self-confidence, develops team spirit and buffs up CVs. Often arriving demoralised and uncertain, job-seekers invariably blossom as a result of work-satisfaction and the thanks of the public.
The annual £22,500 running costs of the Sprucer come from donations – the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, the Henry Smith Charity, Kent County Councill members, Cycle Shepway, Folkestone Festivals, Folkestone Silver Screen, Frizbee Ltd Folkestone and individuals and other businesses. A new Berlingo work van is supplied free of charge by Wilmoths Citroen Folkestone.
To learn more, see the daily Facebook postings on https://www.facebook.com/Folkestone-Town-Sprucer-150072458531400/
If you have a job for the Sprucer, call David Taylor on 01303 226234 / 07880 702969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org