Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Community comes together to give river new Lea-se of life

A team of over 75 volunteers led by clients from local homeless charity Signposts braved the elements last weekend (Saturday, 14th November) to clear litter from the River Lea.

For the third year running a number of local community groups came together to tidy the town’s beloved river, collecting 150 bags of rubbish in the process.

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, The Rotary Club of Luton, The Zimbabwe Community Group, Signposts and the University of Bedfordshire all worked hard to clear over 350 square feet – covering a record amount of ground in the process!

Signposts’ clients took a key role in the project, working together to co-ordinate work, distribute equipment and manage smaller groups of volunteers.

Signposts Community leader, Jasmine Beary, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with the amount of volunteers who came out full of enthusiasm on such a cold and wet day.

“This fantastic achievement would not have been possible without the sheer determination of all of our fantastic local community volunteers.  We’re delighted to have been able to help make the River Lea a cleaner and safer place for everyone in Luton to enjoy.”

If you have a community project which you think would be suitable for Signposts’ clients, contact Jasmine Beary on jasminebeary@signpostsluton.co.uk

Signposts provide supported hostel accommodation for homeless people. Offering those that live with us the opportunity to get involved in local community projects. Jobs undertaken protect and enhance the natural and built environment.

Our aim is to challenge the perception about homelessness, build cohesion and show that all members of community have something to contribute.

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