Spring clean bonus for volunteer groups

Thirty-eight Wealden litter picking groups have been given over £25,000 to support their ongoing clean-up efforts.

The grant money has been provided by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to be allocated before the end of March. Quick work by Wealden District Council and 3VA, the local organisation which supports local community groups, has ensured the money will reach the volunteers in village and town groups who play such an important role in keeping the District litter-free.

“With the Wealden Spring Clean now underway, this support could not have come at a better time,” said Averil Price, Director of Community and Customer Services at Wealden District Council.

“It means 38 local groups will benefit from grants of £50-£1,750 for equipment and signs to help them with their litter pick-ups and their future clean-up initiatives. As the Government money was only announced on 16 March, we are very grateful for the help of 3VA with the application process.”

Adam Chugg, Chief Executive of 3VA, said:

“At 3VA, our job is anything that supports and develops local community organisations and local communities across Wealden, Lewes and Eastbourne.

“It’s been brilliant to work with Wealden to enable this grant support to reach local communities and community groups that make such a difference. Grants like this provide both practical assistance and emphasise our wider appreciation for the work of local volunteers in our communities.”

Local litter picking groups completed a simple application process setting out proposals for how they could benefit from the Government grant money.

The Council will keep in contact with the groups to see how successful their clean-ups have been and how the grant has helped – this information will be provided to the MHCLG to help monitor the overall impact of the £9.75million made available nationally to support local clean-up initiatives.

The money can be used to buy litter picking equipment – and to provide training on how to remove graffiti or tackle fly-tipping. It can also be used to organise events to encourage more families to get involved.

The Great Wealden Spring Clean, part of the Great British Spring Clean, runs from 22 March to 23 April. Last year volunteers groups collected 2.5 tonnes of litter across the District.

You can find out more about the Great Wealden Spring Clean on the Wealden website here