Since 2018 we have cleared 19,000 bags of detritus and numerous tonnes of waste, but we need you to help us make the change a permanent one. So far we have established 36 litter picking groups in the southwest and would now like to involve schools in the cleaning up of our environment.
We have recruited 4 schools to our ambassador programme already and aim to have 15 onboard by the end of 2021.
We pick litter every week across the city, from pavements, hedges, drains and embankments, in parks, woodlands, waterways and along our beautiful coast. We pick to clean our streets and green spaces and to educate our communities about the damage that single-use plastics and other disposable materials cause to our environment and our communities. Despite the pandemic, we have continued to grow and thrive with the encouragement of individuals and support groups to go out solo litter picking or litter picking within their support bubbles. We have helped launch a further 6 groups during this period. Supplying equipment, litter pickers, bag hoops, high vis and gloves.
We want to do exactly the same with schools, with an educational twist. When a school joins us as an ambassador Clean Our Patch will come and host an annual workshop with each class group. Clean Our Patch will supply equipment and PPE to enable them to host litter picks/loan kit to families and pupils during holidays and weekends (10 adult pickers, 10 child pickers, 10 bag hoops, 10 adult gloves, 20 children gloves, litter picking manual, a storage bag and box, posters, a personalised framed certificate) Clean Our Patch will also come and host 2 litter picks with each school annually. Our workshops are tailored to each class group individually and although hold a serious message they are delivered with wit and humour in order to engage pupils in open and productive discussion around the blight of litter on our planet.
This programme is open to all schools including SEN schools. We believe that opportunities should be offered to every person as each and every person has value and worth as well as the capacity to help the environment.
We aim to support each school in the city, but we need your help!
We are also developing an online education programme that will consist of class-based and practical activities for participants with 3 levels to complete and programmes designed for, primary, secondary, homeschooled and children with special needs. We aim to make education accessible for all. Once each stage has been completed participants receive a badge and certificate.