2020 Has seen some of the most testing times with the covid-19 pandemic and our educational events in school were put on hold due to schools being closed in the first lockdown. The Junior Pickup Artists plans for the Great British Spring Clean were also cancelled. The GBSC would have seen over 2000 children participate from 15 schools & 26 scout sections from Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Keep Britain Tidy sponsored the Wyre Forest Scouting district their Keep Britain Tidy badge reward for every scout that litter pick in the GBSC campaign. The children and leaders across our district were excited as Richard McIlwain deputy CEO from Keep Britain Tidy was booked to present the groups their badge rewards. Once lockdown eased and the Great British September Clean was launched, we went into action and was able to deliver through scouting 18 sections the litter pick activity so the kids could still take part in the campaign to earn their badge reward. 250 kids too part and collected over 47 bags of litter from their community areas.
2020 School visits however have been on hold unfortunately, we are unable to visit classrooms due to the school guidelines in place in schools. As a volunteer group we are working on the procedures and guidelines that will enable us to offer the education litter pick covid-19 safely 100% outside. In the meantime we are applying for funding to equip schools with litter picking equipment so that children can still engage positively in a litter pick activity.
2019 Junior Pickup Artists educational programme has visited 21 schools and many community groups within the Wyre Forest District area. Below you can see some photos from our educational visits and the feedback we have received. Everyone had great time learning about litter pollution and the impact litter has on the wildlife and the environment. Our educational visits are fun and packed with exciting litter hunt challenges so the children learn whilst completing a fun filled litter picking experience.
Unfortunately, we are no longer offering educational visits in schools and community groups. However, should you wish to borrow the equipment please contact us.
1st Aggborough Rainbows
Lickhill Primary School
St Anne’s primary school Bewdley
St. Wulstan’s RC Primary School
Mrs Edwards: “All of the Children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the school would like to set up a termly programme with different year groups so this educational event happens regularly”
Comberton Primary School
Mrs Morris: “The children were very enthusiastic and enjoyed using the equiptment”
St John’s primary school
Mr Smith: The children were engaged and determined to collect the litter after your educational talk we were all incredibly surprised by the amount of litter collected.
Franche Primary School
Mrs Clarke: “They all absolutely loved it and haven’t stopped talking about your visit and they were engaged so much they did not want to stop litter picking”
Bewdley Primary School
Cubs Wyre Forest
Wyre Forest 17 Stourport Mid Severn cub pack
Wyre Forest 21 Scout Group
Wyre Forest 8 Beaver colony
Reach Community Serivces
Do you feel this programme would be beneficial on an education platform?
YES. If possible, I would very much like an educational talk/talks re recycling and caring for our environment; why we litter pick, how we can live ‘greener’ and protect our wildlife and environment? This would enhance the learning experience for our service users. Regular litter picking sessions would also be most beneficial! (we also intend to carry out more of our own).