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A Litter Effort in East Hull

A Litter Effort in East Hull

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Young people concerned about litter on a Hull estate are taking action to tackle the problem.

A group from the ReachOut Youth Project at Ings, Hull, have spent the last four school holidays collecting rubbish in a bid to brighten up their estate.  The project, which is delivered by Newground, part of the Together Housing Group, provides informal education activities and opportunities to young people on the estate. Engaging with staff enables young people to understand how issues like littering affect the environment and their future living conditions. Newground hope to encourage them make a difference in the heart of their neighbourhood.

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Katie Roberts, Senior Project Officer at ReachOut, said the youngsters collected 14 bags of general waste in just two hours:  “The bags included drinks bottles, chocolate wrappers and other items discarded not just by young people but all kinds of people on or passing the estate.”

Emily Pearson, Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Newground, added that the project was about empowering young people: “We all like to have fun and the ReachOut Project provides plenty of opportunities for young people to do just that, but we also empower them to take action themselves.

“Previously, groups have worked with councillors to fix the lights in their local skate park, now they are cleaning up the estate and the ReachOut  summer programme will see even more examples of how young people can work together to have fun, learn and affect change.”

Anyone wanting to know more about the summer programme can contact ReachoutIngs on Facebook or can email Katie.roberts@newground.co.uk

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Kevin does public relations and digital inclusion work across Together Housing Group.