A Shiregreen community leader is helping to keep her area clean and tidy using donated equipment for her own litter pick.
A clean neighbourhood
Leah Bilsborough, chair of the local childminders’ board – which receives support from Sanctuary Housing – was offered the specialist equipment from Sanctuary after getting involved in keeping the neighbourhood clean.
The 26-year-old spends a few evenings a week taking walks around Shiregreen, often with her family, collecting up any waste. So far the group has gathered several large bags of rubbish which are disposed of by the local council.
Public consultation priority
The initiative also helps to address neighbourhood priorities identified in Sanctuary’s public consultation earlier this year, where responses included residents wanting to see a cleaner, tidier area.
“It’s great that Sanctuary is helping us to make Shiregreen the tidiest place it can be”
Leah said: “We’ve been litter picking since January and I’m really pleased that it’s making a difference. Sanctuary has been really generous in the past in supporting local childminders so it’s great that they’re also helping us to make Shiregreen the tidiest place it can be.”
“Small things really can make a huge difference”
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Melanie King, added: “Leah is helping to improve the area in which she lives and cares about, and also supporting us to achieve our aim of addressing our residents’ priorities, so we were pleased to offer the litter picking equipment on a long term-loan. Small things really can make a huge difference.”