What the project will do
This will help primary schools to tackle the litter around the school and in the local community.
The pupils will be leading by example and challenging the negative effects of litter, both in their area and across the city. Schools will be organising litter picks and clean ups and raising awareness of litter, waste and recycling issues.
The kids will be rounding up parents, groups and local people to join in with what they are doing. Promoting responsibility for the neighbourhood in school, at home and across the community.
Little Hands Make Big Changes will encourage a lifelong sense of community pride and ownership among Manchester's youngest residents.
We’ll give schools the support they need to connect with local groups and we’ll give them money for litter picking equipment and protective clothes.
The main focus of the project is litter, but extra money is available for other projects that will work with the main project like reducing waste, recycling and growing food.
Manley Park Primary in Whalley Range was the first school to take part in Little Hands Make Big Changes. The project was so successful other schools are now being invited to get involved.
Schools, local people, groups and business interested in joining in with the activities can email their name, address and contact details to: community.engagement@manchester .gov.uk
How much funding this project was given
Schools have been working hard doing regular litter picks, bulb and tree planting and waste and recycling activities. With a bit of help from parents, residents and community groups, schools have planted 47800 bulbs and 80 fruit trees in community spaces, parks and school grounds.
There have been 132 litter picks over the period, with some schools organising events that include the whole school as well as residents and community groups.
The children from St Mary’s RC Primary School in Levenshulme went above and beyond the call of duty. The whole school spent the 4 Dec litter picking and planting. 365 pupils joined the local Friends of Cringle park to litter pick at the park and plant bulbs on Errwood Road as well as in the school grounds.
Find out how the other projects are going on the Clean City Facebook page.
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