Today a team of eight young people from Sunderland Youth Council and two from Change Council joined Groundwork North East and Cumbria, Soroptimists and local councillors for a litter pick at Galley’s Gill.
A variety of waste that filled 24 bags was removed from the site located at the riverbank near Sunderland’s Wearmouth bridges.
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement of 75,000 club members in 122 countries that aim to transform the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities. Sunderland is one of 13 clubs in Northern England.
Sunderland Youth Council members aged 11-19 represent the voices of young people in Sunderland. Change Council represent children in care. Both groups are supported by Together for Children.
Groundwork provide support to people who work collectively to make their surroundings greener, safer and healthier.
PHD student, Sean Peacock, from Newcastle University who has been supporting the group while conducting research into Youth Voice and Place making also joined the litter pick.
The Sunderland Soroptimist club was chartered in 1938 and current President, Kathleen Tuddenham, said: “We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Grand Hotel in Seaburn. Our annual programme involves charity work, inspirational guest speakers and we have worked with Sunderland Youth Council since 2015 on a variety of projects.”
Councillor Louise Farthing, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services in Sunderland, said:
“Here is Sunderland our long-term plan is centred around a vibrant and dynamic city with safe neighbourhoods and doing litter picks like this contributes to improving our green spaces that make for more attractive places for people to participate in physical activity.”
A spokesperson from Sunderland Youth Council, said: “We decided to create an awareness campaign about the need to dispose of litter correctly to protect our green spaces, which are known to benefit well-being and mental health is a key priority for us as voted on by young people across Wearside in the city debate.”
To find out more about Together for Children’s groups please visit https://www.togetherforchildren.org.uk/children-and-young-people/youthgroups and for more information on Sunderland Soroptimists please visit https://sigbi.org/sunderland/.