11th February 2019

The Junior Pickup Artists 2019

We have just been awarded £1000 funding from Aviva community funds to use towards our junior pickup artists project. Our aim is to visit with as many schools and community groups within Wyre forest district area as possible. Working together with your pupils and staff in making a difference to our local community by educating the children on the impact litter has on our environment, nature reserves, waterways and local community areas. We are offering this project as a free extra curriculum resource with a hands-on experience for the children by litter picking themselves. The funding we have received will equip this project meaning that all the equipment needed to run this extra curriculum activity will be provided by The Pickup artists.

We have been involved with community groups such as scouts, beaver, cubs, girl guides and groups with learning difficulties. Each visit has been incredibly successful and we have always been amazed at the children’s response regarding the litter they have collected and also their enthusiasm for picking up the litter. We have visited a few primary schools that has been incredibly rewarding as a volunteer group, watching the school children evolve and learn the impact litter has in their community areas and how they have enjoyed the litter pickup wanting to make a regular activity in their school grounds to keep their school clear of litter.

Our aim is to visit with as many schools and community groups within Wyre forest district area as possible. Working together with your pupils and staff in making a difference to our local community. We are offering this project as a free extra curriculum resource with a hands-on experience for the students by litter picking themselves. The funding we have received will equip this project meaning that all the equipment needed to run this extra curriculum activity will be provided by The Pickup artists. The Junior Pickup Artists educational events are for all children under the age of 18 meaning we can visit all schools and community groups within this age group with in the Wyre Forest District. Each visit is adapted for the age group booked in however the educational impact of litter pollution is the same. 

As a volunteer group we go out on a regular basis, clearing our roads, lanes, parks and beauty spots from the scourge of litter. We also meet up when an event is organised, where we do a big litter pick, when the problem needs several helping hands. We post photos of the rubbish we have picked up on our social media platforms and say where we picked it up from hoping to encourages others to do the same.

We have been involved with community groups such as scouts, beaver, cubs, girl guides and groups with learning difficulties. Each visit has been incredibly successful and we have always been amazed at the children’s response regarding the litter they have collected and also their enthusiasm for picking up the litter. We have visited primary and High schools which have been incredibly rewarding as a volunteer group. Watching the school children evolve and learn the impact litter has in their community areas and how they have enjoyed the litter pick is always encouraging. Once a school/community group has experienced our educational visit many rebook us wanting to make litter picking a regular activity in their school grounds to keep their school clear of litter or helping the community stay clean and tidy.

If your school would like to join The Junior pickup artists educational scheme please get in contact to arrange a school visit and discuss this project further. Our Junior Pickup Artists members are Keep Britain Tidy ambassadors and hold DBS certificates.  

Thanking you all in advance

Karen Blanchfield

Schools co-ordinator

Junior.pickup.artists@outlook.com