Do you Love Where You LivePublished Monday, 6th February 2017
Love is in the air – and on the ground - ahead of Valentine’s Day with a new campaign to encourage residents to get involved in making Rotherham a cleaner, happier place to live.
Launched by Rotherham Council today, the initiative - called Love Where You Live - is inspired by the commitment many Rotherham residents make to improve their local neighbourhoods.
It showcases some of the simple actions residents take to better their local communities and features comments from local residents who are already making their streets cleaner and greener by taking part in litter-picking or organising clean-up days.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety Cllr Emma Hoddinott is leading the borough-wide campaign and is encouraging residents to get involved to help make a difference.
She said: "There is always more that can be done to make an area look nicer, and we want to make it easy for people to do something about it. We will be building on the excellent work already being done by our local ward councillors, individuals and groups in the community across Rotherham.
"We really want to hear from as many people as possible who want to get involved. This may mean organising a community litter-pick or joining one which has already been arranged. All you need to do is sign up to become a volunteer, giving as much or as little time as you'd like, and we’ll provide all the necessary equipment and support.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing more and more local communities in Rotherham getting involved and helping keep their area looking great.”
Do you love where you live? Do you want to make a difference in your local community? By joining our campaign you can help us to look after and improve the area where you live, by being the eyes and ears of your community.
There's no commitment required and you don’t even have to be physically fit to take part; we welcome people of all ages and abilities, both individuals and organisations. We can even loan equipment free of charge and we'll take away the rubbish at the end of the day for you.
Some of the residents already helping to look after their neighbourhoods believe there’s many benefits to keeping Rotherham clean.
Mary Jacques, from Blackburn, said: “I like seeing where I live tidy. When we have a litter-pick we try to get young people involved, with a prize for who picks the most litter. After you’re done, you feel you’ve achieved something. It makes you proud to get involved and make your place a better place to live. I often do a litter-pick by myself in hot spots. I say to people, ‘just do your bit, on your front – it makes a lot of difference.”
Ian Lomas, of Harley, added: “Our group always finishes off with tea, coffee and cakes when we’ve done a litter-pick. It becomes an event. I’ve lived in Harley all of my life and it’s the best place in the world, with the best community in the world.”
To help people on the road to brighter, lovelier neighbourhoods, a new Love Where You Live website has been launched where residents can find out more about becoming a Love Where You Live volunteer as well as when future litter-picks will take place.
We've also created a Love Where You Live volunteer guide which is full of lots of helpful tips and advice on how you can promote your event and encourage people to get involved.
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You can find out more about Love Where You Live on Rotherham Council’s Instagram account:
We welcome your ideas about how to improve where you live. There may be other like-minded people who live in your area too, who would be happy to join you in making some improvements.
You can get in touch with us and tell us your ideas by: