Talking Rubbish in Solihull

As well as fundraising for 1st Solihull, Chris Dunster runs a not-for-profit group called Talking Rubbish in Solihull.

Their objective is to “reduce litter in Solihull through community action and education.”.  As part of this, they run two monthly litter picking groups, called the Literary Litter Pickers, who meet out of Olton and Hobs Moat libraries.

This approach has proved very successful and the people who take part in the litter picking thoroughly enjoy it and come back month after month (although the litter does seem to be going down).  They have found that children particularly enjoy litter picking and when they put in a bid for funding they also bought children’s equipment as well as adults.   (The equipment is available for anyone to borrow from Olton, Hobs Moat and Shirley Library).

Lauren Evans (County Youth Commissioner) recently ran a litter pick in Hobs Moat with 2nd Olton Cubs and that went very well.   This made Chris think that litter picking and scouting go well together so he has put together the attached documents to enable Scout Groups to run a litter pick as an activity during their programme.

There are 3 documents that can help you run a litter picking session:

  1. Guidelines for Scout Leaders explaining what they need to do and where to get the equipment & bags from. CLICK HERE
  2. A risk assessment for the litter picking activity.   This was provided by Solihull Council and everyone arranging a litter pick needs to be familiar with it. CLICK HERE
  3. A double-sided A4 leaflet that can be given to the children.  When it is printed off it needs to be folded in half with the badgework page as the front cover.  CLICK HERE

if you want more information, please contact Chris Dunster