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United Living & volunteers take part in Great British Spring Clean

United Living Property Services and Clarion Housing recently joined forces with primary school children to collect litter as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

The litter picks involved over 100 volunteers, covering Tonbridge, Maidstone and East Malling.

Schools that took part were Long Mead Community Primary School, Tonbridge, East Peckham Primary School, Tonbridge, Wateringbury Church Of England Primary School, Maidstone and St James the Great Academy, East Malling.

Great British Spring Clean, aims to inspire young people to care for their environment and to educate them on waste and recycling.

Jacqueline Noon, Social Value Manager at ULPS, said: “It has been wonderful working with children to clear litter and inspire them to look after the environment. I am impressed by the enthusiasm shown by all and would like to thank the schools as well as volunteers from Clarion Housing and United Living for their support in making this event possible.”

Dave Rooney, Managing Director of ULPS, said: “Community initiatives such as these are always a focus of what we do as a business and form an important part of our core values. We want to leave a positive contribution and legacy within all areas we work, and spending time with children clearing litter and inspiring them to care for their community is part of that strategy and was something greatly enjoyed by all involved.”

Sian Collison, Class Teacher at Long Mead Community Primary School, said: “I would just like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who came to support and lead Griffin Class’ litter picking event.  We really do appreciate your generosity of time as well as all the bags, cups, leaflets etc that you gave the children.

“Experiences like these are so valuable to the children and they really enjoyed doing something worthwhile for the area in which they live.  Your kindness towards them was so appreciated too.”

Anneka Osborne, Interim Head of School at Wateringbury Church of England Primary School, said: “The year 6 pupils had a great time collecting litter and we were all shocked by quite how much there was! The event was brilliantly organised and resourced too!”

Bradley Atkins, Key Stage Two Leader at East Peckham Primary School, said: “United Living came into school and spoke to and treated the children with care and respect. They support us in litter picking in the local community. The children loved spending time outside in the sun, learning about recycling and helping keep their community clean, tidy and safe. The children loved their high-vis which they were allowed to keep. All in all, it was a great experience managed and provided by United Living.”

Sheena Field, Communities Officer at Clarion Futures, said: “Working in partnership is essential to Clarion Futures, we can do so much more by sharing skills, time and resources to make a positive impact in our communities.  Engaging with young people at an early stage is really important to us as we are building positive relationships with our future residents. United Living share our values and aims and are always keen to work with us on community projects. We look forward to the Great British Spring Clean becoming an annual event!”

Brilliant work from everyone involved!