Children go litter picking in Broadfield

The Broadfiled Children's Project go litter picking in the neighbourhood as part of their Community Month of May - picture contributed
The Broadfiled Children's Project go litter picking in the neighbourhood as part of their Community Month of May - picture contributed
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Young people in Broadfield have been giving the neighbourhood a spring clean as part of a month-long community project.

Throughout May, the Broadfield Children’s Project’s members have been litter picking around the neighbourhood and cleaning the community centre.

The group meets every Thursday evening and last week the children’s focus turned to cleaning the kitchen of the community centre .

Director of operations Jeremy Brown said: “We are keen to have our young people take some pride in their community so have made May a community month.

“At the club we run on Thursday evenings we normally share a cooked meal.

“For the month of May we are having much more basic food, for example, soup and giving the money we would have spent on a full cooked dinner and pudding to Crawley Open House.

“We are also doing some work around the Broadfield Community Centre area, including tidying up the local environment.”

He added: “This is the first time we have made it a month of community focus.

“They have really enjoyed getting out with their disposable gloves on.

“We try to make it something exciting and interesting for them on a Thursday night.”

Many of the community project the project runs are driven by the children.

Theo, 15, said: “It was good to be able to help out and make a difference to the community and raise some money for a local charity, too.”

Tamsyn, 14, added: “It’s good to do what little we can to help those who are less well off than us.”

The project is managed through Christ the Lord Church in Broadfield, but is open to children of all faiths and none.

It is funded by trusts including the Henry Smith Charity, the Ifield Educational Trust and the Andrew Christian Trust. They work with the schools in Broadfield to run after school clubs and has weekends away and runs activities outside the Thursday evening sessions.

To find out more about the project and how to get involved go to www.broadfieldchildrensproject.co.uk

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