Young people's litterpick campaign in Abererch

Date: 05/09/2019
Grwp Ieuenctid Abererch

Members of Gwynedd Council’s Youth Service recently supported a community project run by a group of young people in the village of Abererch near Pwllheli.

The initiative by the Youth Service aims to help local young people (aged between 11 – 19) improve their environment and boost their personal development towards the world of employment. As part of their duties, Council staff provide sessions to give opportunities for young people to improve their personal, social and educational skills.

One of those involved in the project was youth worker Carys Lyn Jones, who said: “The Abererch group had outdoor activities in mind to begin with, with members agreeing on games to be played in the park and on the beach.  It came to their attention, however, how much litter there was in those locations and so they decided to undertake a sponsored litterpick to clean their beach and village.

“As a service we listen to the individuals’ voices and try to help them with health and wellbeing, work skills, and as in this case, enable them to make a contribution in their community. It’s a pleasure working with the group in Abererch – they are enthusiastic and very proud of their community.”

This campaign by the youngsters has also received the support of local Gwynedd Councillor Peter Read, who as a token of appreciation provided them with tickets to go for a day of activities in Hafan y Môr Holiday Park.

Councillor Read said: “It’s wonderful to see how the young people of Abererch were inspired to take action, and in doing so they have had the opportunity to improve their personal skills and confidence to go out to contribute.  Thanks also to Gwynedd’s Youth Service for their support and to the council’s Caru Gwynedd scheme for providing the equipment.”

Councillor Catrin Wager, Gwynedd Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal, said: “The example provided by Abererch’s youngsters to improve their community is fantastic! Not only is it an important contribution towards the local area, but it is also a positive contribution towards a global issue, whilst being an opportunity to nurture important skills for the future.

“I’m very happy that Council staff, from different departments, are able to support our young people in this commendable venture.”

Anyone found guilty of littering in any public place could face a court summons and a fine of up to £2,500. To report any instances of fly-tipping, contact Gwynedd Council’s street enforcement team on 01766 771000.

The Council’s Caru Gwynedd project receives funding from Keep Wales Tidy’s Caru Cymru initiative. For more information about Gwynedd Council's Caru Cymru project contact the team on 01766 771000 or send an e-mail to CaruCymru@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

Image: Abererch Youth Group