Students help celebrate our #GBSpringClean 12 May 2017

Thousands of school children and college students across the country got involved in our Great British Spring Clean, to clear up their grounds and local area. Hundreds more are regularly involved in litter picking and other community support throughout the year. 

One such group are the student "community ambassadors" from Longley Park Sixth Form College in Sheffield, who help clean up their local area every week. As this group are so appreciated by all the residents living around the college, when the college received our invitation to the recent celebration event, they were keen to reward the students for their hard work. 

So earlier this month, six of the community ambassadors plus two college staff made their way down to London and the Houses of Parliament to attend our #GBSpringClean celebration event. Their visit included a tour around Westminster, even entering the House of Commons. They even took in a couple of sites along the way - from Buckingham Palace to Downing Street - and were delighted to rub shoulders with our charity's ambassador Kirstie Allsopp.

The students themselves can explain why they are community ambassadors and what it means to be involved in our national campaign, 

Our role as Community Ambassadors includes picking litter in the surrounding community, dealing with people and their praises/ concerns and having a positive influence within the community. For us, we get a sense of pride knowing that we are making a difference not only to the sight of the community but are also becoming friendly faces known by the people around the area.”  - Leana

I really enjoyed meeting and seeing the people who got involved with the Great British Spring Clean. It was inspiring to hear the stories in which people have made an impact upon communities and the environment.” - Ashleigh

The trip was very enjoyable and informative, I thought the presentation for the Great British Spring Clean was great and it definitely made me want to make even more of a difference.” - Kately