The rain on Saturday afternoon (9 November) didn’t stop 18 young people from Ashington Youth Club going out to improve their community by doing an organised litter pick.
When Horsham District Council’s Neighbourhood Wardens for Ashington, Christina Arnold and Bryony Sparks, attended the youth club they asked the young people: “If you could run any community project to improve your village what would it be?”
They came up with a selection of ideas that were presented to the Wardens and Ashington Youth Worker Nick Taylor. The ideas were discussed with members of the local Parish Council and it was decided that a community litter pick was a great place to start.
The young people of Ashington Youth Club organised the whole event; designing and distributing posters to get the village on board, deciding what routes they would take to ensure they collected most of the litter and doing the actual litter pick.
Horsham District Council loaned the group the equipment needed and they had an extremely successful time. Ten members of the local community also joined to help on the day. Despite the wet conditions,d they were all keen to do it again in the future.