Less Litter More Smiles
Less Litter, More Smiles is a new group set up by litter conscious residents in Altofts. The group came together during the first lockdown with the help of Wakefield Council and WDH, who provided them with litter pickers and bags and help with waste collections. With volunteers of all ages, they have worked hard to collect thousands of bags of litter from the community around Altofts and Normanton. The group aims to recycle where they can and have even seen wildlife return to some of the areas, they have helped to keep clean and tidy. They regularly share their litter picks and successes on their Facebook page, which has over 700 members, encouraging more members of the local community to get involved and take pride of where they live.
Stanley Residents Group
Stanley Residents Group has community spirit right at its heart. The group carries out regular litter picks to keep Stanley looking clean and tidy. They also work with WDH to brighten up greenspace areas with some more trees and bulbs as part of their Trees for Stanley initiative. During the pandemic, they used their Facebook page to communicate their activities and now have over 4,000 members . They regularly consult with their members about activities and events now these are possible again, using Facebook to make plans for their summer gala event, held in August, to help bring the community together once again.
Springfield Allotment Community Klub (SACK)
Springfield Allotment Community Klub (SACK) is the vision of Dean Darley who has worked tirelessly to create a fantastic space that can be used by the local community in Hemsworth. The allotment is run by volunteers who raise money using raffles to fund equipment for the site. Some of the visitors to SACK are a local craft group who meets there every week, a home-schooling group who visit to learn about the chickens and growing fruit and vegetables and a residents of a care home who benefit from fresh eggs and fruit and vegetable donations.. SACK allows people to socialise outdoors and be productive, helping them benefit from the fresh air and improved mental health.
Airedale Food, Baby and Children’s Bank
This group started off during lockdown as a food bank. However, the volunteers realised an increase in demand for baby and children’s items. To tackle this, the two banks joined forces to help even more people in Airedale and the surrounding area. They have over 30 volunteers and work with Wakefield Council, WDH and Social Services to support families in need through referrals. The group also has a Facebook page and website that they use to request donations and to allow people in need to contact them for support directly. To raise funds, they regularly hold raffles in the community for items that can’t typically be donated second hand, and work with local retailers including Nisa and Morrisons for donations of food and toiletries. Since they started in 2020, they have helped over 30 families in need each week with food parcels or items for babies and children.
Kettlethorpe Nature Action Group (KNAG)
Kettlethorpe Nature Action Group (KNAG) looks after a woodland area behind homes in Kettlethorpe. They hold regular litter picks, have improved some of the pathways there with wood chippings and have installed a bin, regularly emptying it themselves to reduce litter. They are working in partnership with WDH to continue to maintain and improve the area for everyone to enjoy when they walk there, always looking for new ways to keep it clean and tidy and to encourage the wildlife to thrive.
Knottingley Litter Busters
Knottingley Litter Busters have made it their mission to clean up Knottingley. The group has grown with many volunteers, both young and old, taking part in weekly litter picks to clean up rubbish and fly tipping in the area, focusing on areas with historic litter problems. Knottingley Litter Busters also inspired the creation of the Luxaa litter pickers, a group for children who also help with the litter picks. The group have teamed up with the Wildlife Trust to clean up Willow Garth Nature Reserve to bring wildlife back into the area. have filled hundreds of bags of litter since they started and continue to focus on the problem areas to make it safer for children to play and for people to walk their dogs. Knottingley is now mostly litter free and residents have seen green areas and wildflowers start to grow, making it somewhere people are proud to live.
Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens
The Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens work tirelessly to enhance the Friarwood Valley Gardens in Pontefract for local residents, making it a safe space for everyone to enjoy. The group has obtained funding over the last few years to deliver new initiatives including a play area, pinhole camera, performance stage and new seating areas to improve the park for all that use it. They often hold litter picks and gardening sessions for people of all ages to come along and join in with. The group has seen their plans restricted by the pandemic but managed to hold a successful Christmas Trail which was well attended by people from all over the five towns and are planning their third Friarwood music festival in August, already making plans for further enhancements and events in 2022.