Sunday, 23 February 2014

Litter Bugs Me! Competition



PRESS RELEASE ON BEHALF OF GOSPORT VOLUNTARY ACTION

Email graham.l.smith@live.co.uk for more details!

Litter Bugs Me! Competition

Would your school like to take part in an exciting new Gosport “Litter Bugs Me!” competition, that links to the PHSE curriculum? This project particularly relates to Theme 3, “Living in the wider world…. Being a responsible citizen”

Specifically, involvement in this project will give children the opportunity to

a)  recognise their responsibilities as citizens in the community, and
b)  recognise their responsibilities towards their environment

What is ‘Litter Bugs ME! ?”

Litter Bugs Me! forms part of a wider community initiative where a ‘big Clean Up’ is planned for 6th-8th June in Gosport, involving the community in a choice of litter pick on their own ‘patch’ (Friday) Lee on Solent (Saturday) or Gosport Town (Sunday)
To involve children (and schools) in a fun way, a competition has been set up to encourage schools to take part in the lead up to this.
Who is running the competition?
Gosport and Lee Litter Action has joined forces with Gosport Voluntary Action’s 'Give, Gain and Grow' and 'Loud and Proud' volunteer groups. The Clean Up and Litter Bugs Me! competition is a great way to help the environment, and promote volunteering across all age groups.
What are children being asked to do?
There are 3 parts to this project. The project is open to all ages and year groups. Small groups or whole year groups can get involved
PART ONE- LITTER PICK:
Schools organise a litter pick (to be completed by 16th May)
This could be in the grounds of their local school or (preferably) in their neighbouring community
We would love to receive any write ups of the children experiences of the litter pick, and photos of the litter pick in action.
We would also be keen to receive write ups on how children feel about keeping their community tidy- to be collated in an innovative guide for children’s involvement in litter action campaigns!

PART TWO-  CREATE A LITTER BUG
Using (clean) litter children are asked to be creative and produce a LITTER BUG from loose wrappings/ paper etc
We are not being prescriptive about what a litter bug should look like- we will leave it to the children’s and schools’ imagination! Several entries can be submitted by one school- there are no entry limits
Photographs of the litter bugs will then be submitted to Gosport Voluntary Action for judging. Shortlisted entries will be showcased at the Volunteer Awards Ceremony on 9th June at Gosport Borough Council, where the Mayor of Gosport will choose the winning litter bug designs
All entries will receive a certificate from the Mayor of Gosport and there will be an opportunity for ALL entries (designs or photographs of them) to be exhibited at the Gosport Discovery Centre after 10th June
PART THREE- BIG CLEAN UP- 6th, 7th and 8th June
Children and schools will be encouraged to take part in the wider community ‘Big Clean Up’ weekend, being organised by Gosport and Lee Litter Action, however, this is not compulsory
How do I find out more?
We would welcome schools’ early input, ideas and feedback into this project, and are happy to organise a specific meeting about the competition if there is sufficient interest. Further guidelines and entry details will be available mid March
Please contact any of the Litter Bugs Me! team to find out more :
Team Member
Organisation
Tel No
E mail

Role
Lisa Hutchinson
Hampshire County Council (Gosport Locality Officer)

07880
384 041
Lisa.hutchinson@
hants.gov.uk
To register initial interest from schools
Sue Greene
Gosport Voluntary Action
(Give Gain Grow)
07910 675079
givegaingrow@
gvaprojects.org.uk
Litter Bugs Me! Competition Designer

Ian Johnson
Gosport Voluntary Action
(Volunteering)
023 92 588347
gosportVB@gva.org.uk
As above
Graham Smith
Gosport and Lee Litter Action Co-ordinator
07584 634336
graham.l.smith@live.co.uk
Litter Pick and Big Clean Up
Co-ordinator

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