PCH hands over new equipment for Clean Our Patch and you can get involved too
PCH are proudly supporting Clean Our Patch, community litter pickers in their ambition to reinstall community pride and get neighbourhoods working together to enjoy Plymouth – litter free.
Clean Our Patch applied for a grant through PCH, which contributed to purchasing a selection of equipment, including 10 litter pick-up sticks, 10 litter bag hoops and gloves in adult and children sizes.
El Clarke and Ashton Samuels of Clean Our Patch collected the new equipment from Plumer House and lead a group of 16 ambassadors which put on litter picking session at different locations across Plymouth, many of which are PCH residential areas.
In some cases more than 50 volunteers can turn up to litter picking sessions and over 800 in total across Plymouth, with many highlighting the therapeutic benefits of getting out in the community and creating a cleaner environment.
El Clarke of Clean our Patch said: “We find that it really helps to create a sense of community and enables people to take more pride in where they live. We are very grateful to PCH for helping get more equipment for our volunteers.
“It’s very social and we make sure that everyone can get involved, it doesn’t matter if you pick up one or two bits of rubbish or spend hours picking up loads – it all helps.
“We have coffee and cake afterwards so there is a great sense of friendship and socialising and it allows people to get out and meet new people, all whilst making the community tidier.
“We work hard to be as accessible as possible regardless of any mental health problems or physical disabilities, we will always make sure people can take part. We often have people out with their enablers or caregivers and we encourage this wholeheartedly.
“I think sometimes people are shocked at just how much litter there is. We are working on an educational scheme to work with schools which will hopefully get people thinking differently when it comes to littering and the effects it has on the community and environment.”
Jill Palmer, Resident Co-ordinator at PCH said: “This is a really meaningful scheme and the work they are doing is fantastic. It is great to see how they have grown a large group of volunteers who are helping keep local communities tidy.”
It couldn’t be easier to get involved with Clean Our Patch. There is no need to register all you need to do is simply turn up. Meeting times and locations are advertised on their Facebook page one month in advance.
Those looking to get involved can contact Clean Our Patch on Facebook or email CleanOurPatch@hotmail.com for more details.