We are residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) and beyond who love where we live and dislike the sight of litter and its effects on our community and environment, especially it’s wildlife and marine life.
Our group is all about individual and family litter picks within our own patch whenever we feel like it and when we have the time-ten minutes or two hours- each volunteer decides. As we do this individually we are not tied to any planned start time which is usually the case with organised group picks. We aim to be visible in the community in the hope our presence will encourage others to manage their own litter.
Fringe benefits? Litter picking is one of the most rewarding and satisfying activities you can do outside and its free. Each time you gather a bucket of litter, you are making a massive difference to one local patch. Who would have thought you could gain a sense of satisfaction from picking up other people’s rubbish!
It also affords you the opportunity to get away from all those day to day distractions as you slow down, open your eyes and ears and relax. It really is a great chance to recharge your batteries.
Although you might be doing this on your own, usually you wont be alone outside so take the opportunity to talk ‘rubbish’ to passers by when it suits you. This activity is hugely community based and your efforts will go towards creating community spirit and gain a feel good factor-win, win situation. Pick and smile- just makes DDsense.
Team DD have carried out various activities throughout the year and linked up with other groups and organisations such as ‘Litter Free Dorset-Land, Coast & Sea‘, ‘BCP Council‘, ‘Bournemouth University‘,AFC Bournemouth, ‘Sobo Wastebusters‘. ‘Bournemouth in Bloom‘ , ‘The Healthcare Team‘, BBC Click and Blue Peter. We are proud of our association with COAST by creating a DDCOASTcrew who litter pick weekly as a group in and around Poole. Many have life challenges but with COAST’s support and encouragement they help people to become more independent and hopefully gain employment whether that’s voluntary or paid.
Additionally, we are Waste Partners at the Shake and Stir Vintage Music Festival in Southbourne when we come together as a group over a June weekend. Also, we take part in the ‘Great British Spring Cleans‘ and ‘Great Dorset Beach Cleans‘. We fully support the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme by kitting out youngsters and guiding them in the art of litter picking. 160+ youngsters within the past 18 months have used our DDservice and many have achieved Bronze and Silver with our Gold candidate, Emily who is doing great deeds in Hampshire.
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Dorset Devils – Helping raise awareness to make our environment less-littered. #lovewhereyoulive