Litter Pickers Unite for Volunteers’ Week

30 June 2019

“Thirteen bags of rubbish are now contained and not on their way to the ocean!” That’s how River Bailiff with Settle Anglers and Scouting volunteer, Alex Toothill, reviewed the litter pick he organised recently along the banks of the River Ribble from Queen’s Rock in Settle to Little Stainforth. Scouts and their leaders from the Settle Troop, along with members of the Settle Angling Association, were all actively involved. With it being Volunteers’ Week from 1st – 7th June, Scouts in North Yorkshire had been set a challenge by the County Commissioner to raise the profile of Scouting across the County through a litter picking event in order to engage in conversations and, hopefully, recruit new volunteers. The community team, which formed an ideal working partnership for the day, collected a variety of litter, ranging from the usual sweet wrappers, take-away food boxes and crisp packets to wire, a bin lid and even an old trainer!

As a result, Alex hopes to make this a regular event, not only for the good of the environment, but also as a great way to socialise and keep fit. This all goes to show that as well as helping others, volunteering improves volunteers’ wellbeing, too!