Over 40 Environmental Volunteers attended a celebration event at Ashfield District Council Offices as a thank you for their massive contribution towards the Council’s achievement at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards as winners of the Community Engagement Award.
In 2015, the Even Cleaner Streets initiative was launched and part of the focus was around Environmental Volunteers, Green Buddies and Clean Street Awards.
The Council received the Award for its work empowering local people to get involved and look after their local area through litter picking, bulb planting and other environmental tasks.
Since the initiative started, there have been 16 schools sign up to the Green Buddy Scheme, over 350 people have taken part in environmental initiatives and 103 people are now registered as Environmental Volunteers.
Councillor Tim Brown, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “The achievement of this award would not have been possible without the ongoing hard work and commitment of all involved especially volunteers, schools, Surestart Centres, businesses and community groups who have supported initiatives, got involved and have taken positive action to make a difference in their community”
Volunteers from Brook Street Court in Sutton said they were “very proud of their contribution to receiving the award and for giving something back to the community.
They went on to say: “By volunteering, we have been able to meet new people, make new friends and bring a sense of greater community to our area”.
To get involved in future initiatives or sign up as a volunteer, please contact Community Action on 01623 457092 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org