On 30 November 2021, 13 students and staff from Halfpenny Lane School in Pontefract took part in a litter pick and environmental audit on The Avenues, Pontefract with WDH.
The students are looking at recycling, rubbish, and the impact on the environment as part of a wider school project.
In just under two hours, the children collected an incredible six sacks of rubbish, which was later removed by WDH’s Neighbourhood team. The gardens and surrounding areas were also scrutinised as part of an official street audit, and a list of jobs were produced to be actioned accordingly.
Claire Secker, WDH’s Tenant Involvement Officer, said: “It was fantastic to be able to get out and about and engage with children once again after such a long time. The children were all very enthusiastic and we received a lot of positive comments on Facebook following the event, with many members of the community thanking the children for their hard work.”
The Learning Mentor at Halfpenny Lane School said: “A very big thank you to you and all of your team for supervising us with the litter pick last Tuesday. All the children were really excited and up for it. They all got stuck in and I was really surprised by their enthusiasm. The children really enjoyed it and are looking forward to taking part in another litter pick with WDH in spring next year.
To encourage people to get involved with activities to improve their communities, we want to support individuals or groups with exciting ideas that can be transformed into community projects, just like this.
We hope that these projects will encourage local people to take pride in where they live, and perhaps transform a community or neighbourhood and make it a better place to live, by doing things like planting more green spaces, improving pathways, painting boundary fencing, and litter picking.
To put forward your project idea or to find out how you can join a project in your local community, please get in touch with our Engagement team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.