Monthly Archives: March 2016

Litter Free High Royds – Saturday 19th June

LITTER FREE HIGH ROYDS

Introduction

High Royds Litter Heroes is a new resident driven project to set up a volunteer litter picking scheme covering the whole of the High Estate over an annual cycle. Come and join the High Royds Residents litter pick and take part in improving our environment for our own enjoyment and for the benefit of the wildlife.  Everyone is welcome.

Objectives

The objectives of the project are to:

  • make the High Royds Estate litter free

  • recruit resident and non-resident volunteers to participate in monthly litter picking targeting an organised area of the estate

  • promote a culture where picking up litter is seen as normal behaviour

  • reduce littering by keeping areas clean through regular picking

  • document to Ben Bailey & Trinity Estates that residents & non-residents are proactive in keeping our estate litter free

The Concept

The idea of High Royds Litter Heroes is to promote litter picking as a safe, enjoyable activity and make it really easy for people to go out and do some litter picking. This project will aim increase social capital on the estate and with positive action driven by resident & non-residents it will help keep our estate beautiful and we can socialise after with a natter and refreshments after.

When

We will meet at the Social Club at 10am on Saturday 19th March, where we will agree routes and areas for picking, identify tasks and organize equipment.  20 Litter pickers have been bought for the project.  Leeds Council has provided us with collection bags and will remove our full bags. 

Target Areas & Litter for Ben Bailey to Remove

In addition to collecting the readily manageable litter we will locate and list large items for removal by Ben Bailey or Leeds Council, and most importantly we will take some before and after photographs to share on the Facebook page to celebrate success and encourage our community development.

Refreshments After

At 12pm we will come back together at the Social Club to share our information and for some well-earned tea, biscuits and cake! 

Taking care of ourselves as well as the environment 

Please ensure that you have sturdy footwear and protective clothing, especially thick gloves, use mechanical pickers for broken glass and as an experienced litter picker said, ‘don’t be tempted to stick your hand in where you can’t see’.   Please note we are volunteers picking litter at our own risk.  Let’s keep this an accident free activity.

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High Royds Neighbourhood Watch

NBW

How to set up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

  • Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team (westyorkshire.police.uk/npt) to find out who your local Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer is, who can provide advice and assistance on setting up a scheme.
  • Speak to your neighbours and find out whether other neighbours are interested in forming a Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) scheme.  Whilst there is no official restriction on the number of households in a scheme, a successful scheme will operate with between 5 and 10 households.
  • Arrange a meeting, inviting all those who want to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch.  This could be at a designated home, community centre or even the pub.  The NHW Liaison Officer or Police representative will be present at this initial meeting in order to explain how Neighbourhood Watch operates.
  • Select a Co-ordinator for the NHW scheme, who will act as a point of contact with the Police.

The Role of a Co-ordinator

In order for the scheme to be successful, it is important that the Co-ordinator is a motivated and enthusiastic individual, who will be willing to act as the main point of contact with the Police and other NHW members.  Whilst this need not be an onerous or time-consuming role, the individual must be prepared to volunteer enough of his/her time to ensure the scheme is properly organised and relevant information is shared amongst scheme members.  This may appear to be a lot of work, but sharing information could be done by something as simple as email.  Obviously, it depends on the individual, but the role of the Co-ordinator can usually be completed in as little as half an hour per week.

Alternatively, the scheme may decide to appoint a Deputy Co-ordinator who shares the workload.  The Co-ordinator / Deputy will need to:

  • Act as main point of contact with the Police and the rest of the scheme
  • Hold or host meetings
  • Encourage other members to be vigilant and contact the Police to report any suspicious behaviour
  • Pass information from the Police to other watch members
  • Keep a check on vulnerable residents and those that are away from home
  • Encourage Watch members to implement crime prevention methods around the home

The Role of a Neighbourhood Watch Member

  • Be alert to any suspicious behaviour or activity in your local area
  • Report information to the scheme Co-ordinator, and in serious cases to the Police
  • Monitor peoples homes whilst they are away
  • Implement basic crime prevention techniques

Support the scheme Co-ordinator in distributing information to the rest of the group