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Last weekend, kind-hearted volunteers from multiple groups and organisations came together to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day with “The Great Bromsgrove Litter Pick”.

Now they want to rally up more volunteers from across the district to make “The Great Bromsgrove Litter Pick” even bigger and cover every ward area.

Last weekend the volunteers came together – in family groups or distanced groups of six – to clean up their local area and leave kindness messages for other residents who might need or benefit from seeing them, in honour of World Mental Health Day (10 October).

Volunteering is proven to have a positive effect on mental health and can help with managing depression, enhancing life satisfaction and wellbeing. Volunteering in this way can be valuable to the volunteer and to the people who benefit from their help.

The caring groups, organisations, families and individuals taking part, as well as Bromsgrove Rocks, left handwritten messages for local people to brighten their day or for them to take away with them as a reminder. Many of the messages were written by local young people, scouts groups, schools and clubs.

Now the partnership want to continue this good work by calling for more volunteers to help cover other areas of the district to make “The Great Bromsgrove Litter Pick” the biggest clean up and wellbeing action ever completed in Bromsgrove.

The partnership are looking for volunteers to run litter picks in the following areas:

  • Barnt Green and Hopwood
  • Belbroughton and Romsley
  • Catshill
  • Cofton
  • Drakes Cross
  • Hagley
  • Hill Top
  • Hollywood
  • Lickey Hills
  • Lowes Hill
  • Norton
  • Tardebigge
  • Slideslow
  • Wythall
  • Perryfields
  • Alvechurch

Although Litter Picks have already been completed in Charford, Catshill, Sidemoor, Rubery, Aston Fields and Burcot Lane areas, if you would like to do another one in your local patch please get in touch.

Cllr Shirley Webb, whose Portfolio covers Health and Wellbeing, said: “2020 has been one of the strangest and most challenging years we’ve ever faced in the UK and right across the world. It has been difficult mentally for a lot of people and recognition of World Mental Health Day and support for those struggling is more important than it has ever been. I am proud that so many residents across Bromsgrove have come together to help others and their environment. They have the most fantastic attitude and it is one that we should all adopt, particularly with the pandemic still in full swing. I was so proud to have been a part of it.”

Steve Vincent from Grace Church said: “As a member of Grace Church Bromsgrove, it was great to be able to take part in serving the local community that we love and raise awareness of World Mental Health Day. We had a great turn out on the Charford Estate litter pick and it was fantastic to be involved in a well organised event with adults and children of all ages.”

Partners involved in The Great Bromsgrove Litter Pick project include Community Safety, Starting Well Partnership, Keep Bromsgrove Beautiful, Grace Church, Police Cadets, Bromsgrove District Council and Parish Councils.

Anyone who would like to take part in a future litter pick in their ward can do so by emailing Startingwell@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk. If you would like to loan litter pick equipment and do one in your local area please get in touch via Starting Well.

All volunteers will be briefed on safety measures prior to taking part and will be working in family or socially distanced groups in line with Covid guidelines.

For more information about the project contact Startingwell@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk.