Great British Spring Clean puts SMILE back on local faces

Volunteers in Doncaster were on hand to help launch the annual Great British Spring Clean initiative today (Friday 28 May).

Around a dozen attendees from the SMILE group in Hexthorpe donned their hi-vis vests and gloves and headed out in to the local community to litter pick as part of their contribution to the campaign led by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy.

The Great British Spring Clean, now in its sixth year, brings together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. In 2019, more than half a million #LitterHeroes collected just under a million bags of litter, weighing around 4,308 tons.

SMILE provides day activities and projects for older people, adults with learning disabilities, autism and individuals who require specialist support.

Sheron Lawton, Outreach Coordinator, outlined the significance of the litter pick. “For our users to be outdoors and contributing to the cleanliness of their local area is unbelievably important,” she said.

“As with everyone, Covid has put restrictions on almost every aspect of life and the same is true for many, if not all, of the people who come here.

“Therefore, the opportunity to do something positive and regain that sense of pride in what they’re doing is huge. It has provided individuals with the chance to engage, empower and enhance their lives and reach their full potential, which is what we’re all about. ”

Residents right across Doncaster are being encouraged to plan their clean ups and head out to nearby streets and parks in socially distanced clean-ups between now and 13 June 2021 to help tackle litter in their neighbourhoods.

As part of our environmental commitment, we will support participants – including individuals, volunteer groups, businesses and schools – by providing free litter picking equipment for those who need it. Please notify us in advance of where and when bagged waste will be available for collection.

There is still time to sign up via the 'Keep Britain Tidy' website  or by email to anita.johnson@doncaster.gov.uk at Doncaster Council for support to get involved. As always, we would encourage participants to share social media posts and photos with communications@doncaster.gov.uk or @MyDoncaster social media accounts.

  • Category: Environment
Last updated: 28 May 2021 11:19:40