By Sarah Birtwistle, Head of Community Propositions and Planning

Between 20 March and 13 April we’re supporting Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean.

I think we all know how sad and annoying it is to be out and about and seeing stray litter which often seems to be strewn across local areas. It’s also something our members told us was one of the biggest issues in relation to community spaces too. That’s why we’ve teamed up with a litter charity to try to freshen up the country and put the litter from the streets where it should be – in the bin! Even more importantly, through this activity and our wider work we want to inspire the nation to not drop litter in the first place and continue coming together to tackle local issues.

Our work with Keep Britain Tidy is a key part of our community plan, Co-operate 2022, where we’re looking at ways we can make local spaces better for the good of the communities we serve. It provides us with the opportunity to help bring people together to make a change on their doorstep, help with the welfare of the planet, and in doing so, also helping to strengthen communities and personal wellbeing too.

Day in day out our frontline colleagues are doing their bit in their local communities by litter picking to make our customers experience with us in our stores and funeral homes more pleasant. And we’re keen to push this co-operative spirit even further in support of the campaign to make all local communities in the country as litter-free as possible.

We’d love colleagues to get involved in the clean-up and there are a few ways you can do this.

Shout about it

We want you to bang the drum on the campaign and let your friends and followers know all about it. If everyone picks up just a few pieces of litter in their local area, collectively there would be a really positive impact where you live. There’ll be assets on social hub that you can share soon.

Pledge to pick

You can pledge to pick up litter – this is the easiest way to get involved. Make your pledge here.

Get involved

Last weekend I joined my local pick at Ashton on Mersey with colleagues Sarah, Emma and Karen. It was brilliant to come together with our community and together we collected more than 30 bags of rubbish. Can you spare an hour or so to litter pick in your local community with friends and family or near where you work with colleagues? Keep Britain Tidy are busy collating all their organised litter picks on their website where you can find more information or lookout for local picks in your area.

Organise a litter pick

If you have time, you can organise your own litter pick and ask your neighbours, friends and family to get involved. If you’d like to do this, you can find all the information on how to here.

I’ll keep you updated on Yammer about how my litter picking is going and please share what you’ll be doing to help make spaces in your local community better.