Neil Spencer and Martyn Hall from Anvil CIC were welcomed to the meeting to present progress on the Clean and Green commission.
Work had commenced in late September, early October 2015, but much of the winter had been used to build relationships within the area. Within the second quarter the team had been more active in engaging the community to improve areas with a ‘doing with’ approach. This had included working with existing groups but also beginning to nurture and stimulate new groups.
To date 103 volunteers had been engaged and a total of 603 bags of waste collected. Members were made aware of work with schools in the area to engage young people and a number of activities had been planned for the summer holidays.
The meeting heard about a number of activities planned throughout the North area, and also links with Coalfields Regeneration Trust and with Barnsley College to develop skills and employability.
It was suggested that it would be useful for the details of groups and individuals engaged be circulated to Members, and it was noted that in the future volunteering hours would also be collated.
Members gave thanks for the positive impact the commission was making, and complemented the team on their engagement of residents in improving the community.
(i) Thanks be given to Neil Spencer and Martyn Hall for their attendance;
(ii) Details of groups engaged be circulated to Members;
(iii) Moving forward the volunteer information collected be more tangible.