11th February, 2022
Staff from two local housing providers have been cleaning up their community as part of a Go Green Week organised by the University of Worcester.
Employees from Sanctuary and Platform Housing Group joined staff and students from the university as they donned high-vis jackets and cleared litter from Pitchcroft and along the riverside.
The volunteers filled 15 large bin liners with litter, including bottles, cans, discarded clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE).
The litter pick was just one of the activities held as part of the university’s Go Green Week – an annual event that aims to bring people together to share ways to live a more sustainable life.
Nearly 20 employees from Sanctuary joined the litter pick as part of the organisation’s employee volunteering scheme, which offers staff the opportunity to volunteer for two days each year in their local communities.
Sarah Davies, employee volunteer coordinator at Sanctuary, said: “We’re always keen to encourage colleagues to take up volunteering opportunities. It enables them to learn new skills, meet new people and offer their unique skill sets in different settings to help others.
“We were really pleased to give staff the chance to get involved with Go Green Week – our staff are members of the local community and want to make positive contributions to the area."
Tom Piotrowski, diversity and inclusion manager at Platform, found more than just litter.
He said: “We hit the jackpot by finding a smart phone and banking card, both duly returned to the police station in Castle Street. I don't know about everyone else, but I felt like a CSI detective.”