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Dad’s group carry out litter pick in Graig Y Rhacca

Posted on : 09 Jan 2020

Dad’s group carry out litter pick in Graig Y Rhacca
Graig Y Rhacca dad’s group came out to clean the streets of their estate in the Christmas holidays.

On Sunday 29 December, the dad’s group of Graig-Y-Rhacca Community School carried out a litter pick with their children and residents in the community, in hope that it will encourage others to dispose of their waste responsibly.

The clean-up was such a success they are now organising a regular ‘Sunday litter pick’ to make the community a better and cleaner place for their children to grow up in.

Graig Y Rhacca Primary School started a ‘dads group’ less than a year ago in an attempt to boost parent engagement.

With a number of school activities taking place Elizabeth Lewis, Family Engagement Officer, noticed that the majority of parents attending were mothers and came up with the idea of targeting the fathers within the school.

Letters were sent home, inviting fathers to attend a meeting that then led to the group expanding and has now run for over two school terms with the dads and their children participating in a range of activities such as; archery, gorge walking, den building, coffee mornings, providing help to those in need and so many more. Through this group, the dads have bonded, supported each other and developed long-term friendships.

Michael Byard, one of the dads from the group, said: “Participating in dad’s group has been great. Not only have I had the opportunity to bond with the other dads, but it has made my bond with my daughter even stronger.

“I think the litter pick is a great activity for our dad’s group as it encourages our children to care for the environment. We want a safer community for our children to go out and play in, while teaching the younger generation to dispose of waste responsibly as people are less likely to litter if they are in a clean area or surrounded by people who make a conscious effect to discard waste correctly.”

Cllr Nigel George, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “It is great to see so many members of the community coming together to look after their area. This has a knock on effect for the wider community, as more people will be inspired to look after, and take pride in the place they call home. I would like to personally thank all involved in making Graig Y Rhacca a cleaner, safer and better place to live.

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