By Sarah Birtwistle, Head of Community Propositions & Planning
Our Members have told us that one of the biggest challenges to clean and safe community spaces is litter. Many of them are already involved in local litter picks and many are looking for ways to take local action.
This is why we’re delighted to partner with Keep Britain Tidy on their Great British Spring Clean campaign. This partnership is part of our community plan, Co-operate 2022 which focuses on three areas; Spaces, Skills and Wellbeing and also fits well as part of our broader sustainability commitments.
The campaign, which runs from Friday 20 March – Monday 13 April, is built on co-operation and bringing people together locally to make a change on their doorstep. This in turn helps the planet and helps strengthen communities and personal wellbeing too.
The Great British Spring Clean is about demonstrating that you love where you live – whether that’s by ‘pledging to pick’ while you’re walking the dog or taking the kids to school, hosting a clean-up or joining someone else’s event.
We’re working alongside Keep Britain Tidy, and other like minded organisations who are interested in making positive sustainable change in communities, to help mobilise 600,000 people to get involved in the action and we want to give everyone at Co-op the opportunity to really get behind this. We’ll share more information soon on how you can get involved.
For us it’s more than just litter picks, it’s also about creating sustainable practices and the means to carry on well after the Great British Spring Clean ends.