Futures recently joined forces with several organisations to help support a community clean-up day on the Southbrook estate, Daventry.

The event was organised by West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) as part of an ongoing project that targets fly-tipping and littering in the area. The successful day saw lots of local partners team up, including Daventry Town Council, Northamptonshire Police, waste collectors NORSE, engineering business Cummins, Southbrook Community Centre staff and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Duncan Timbs, Watch Manager at Daventry Fire Station said: “We are always happy to support community activities in and around Daventry, especially when it helps to improve the environment and safety of residents and visitors. The Southbrook ‘Day of Action’ was also an opportunity for the crew to work alongside key partners to engage with local people and offer fire safety advice.”

Colleagues from different teams across Futures, along with the fire service and other organisations, got stuck in to tackle litter picking hotspots on the estate, removing trolleys and helping clear up a local den area and playing field used by young people.

Sophie Harding, Community Engagement Project Delivery Officer at Futures said: “It was great to see so many different organisations come together to support the community. The transformation made in some areas in just the space of a day was huge, so it’s brilliant to know that when we work together, we can make such a difference.”

Cllr David Smith, WNC's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement, and Regulatory Services, said: “Littering caused by a few thoughtless individuals ruins our environment and is an eyesore to locals and visitors, but it is uplifting to see partners and residents work together to take pride in their local community and make West Northants a tidier and more pleasant place for all. If you would like support to hold a litter pick in your community, please get in touch with us to find out more about borrowing free litter picking equipment.”

To contact West Northamptonshire Council about litter picking, click here to visit their website or call the team directly on 0300 126 7000.