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Council joins forces with housing provider to boost the environment

Published on Thursday, 13th October 2022

Litter pick at Riversley Park in Nuneaton on Monday, 24 October.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officer has been working with Longhurst Group to support young adults with a range of disabilities for the last 18 months.

They will be taking part in a litter pick at Riversley Park in Nuneaton on Monday, 24 October at 11am, with 25 young adults and their carers litter picking for around an hour.

The pick, the third the Council and Longhurst Group have teamed up for, came about after Emily Creedon, one of the group’s customers at a supported housing scheme in Nuneaton launched the Gadsby Grabbers group and arranged her first pick at Riversley Park.

She and the Gadsby Grabbers were joined in their efforts by the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officer.

Emily said:

“The group means we can meet up as friends, but also make new friends. We like to keep the local park litter free so everybody can enjoy it.

“I enjoy doing the litter picks because I like to help out in the local area. Everyone can get involved and I really enjoy getting together afterwards for a cup of tea and some cake.

“It’s important to be kind to parks and places that look nice with flowers and trees because they can make you feel happy if you’re having a sad day.”

Diane Godsell, Registered Care Manager at Gadsby Street, added:

“As care providers, supporting a customer to achieve one of their aspirations is key to our person-centred care delivery.

“Emily shows great enthusiasm and commitment to helping create a better community environment and has set up her group without barriers or prejudices and she welcomes anyone to become part of her Gadsby Grabbers litter picking group.

“It’s great to see the local council supporting Emily’s group and we hope it continues to go from strength to strength.”

Portfolio Holder for Public Services, Cllr Sue Markham, said:

“It is brilliant that the local community and the Gadsby Grabbers group come together to litter pick within the borough.

“It's just a shame that some people discard their litter in the first place instead of putting it in the waste bins provided.’’

The Environmental Enforcement Officer has also judged cake and Easter competitions for the group as well as opening their Gadsby Street café which is available for staff, residents and families attending the facility.