The Big Green week which took place on 17 June, promotes awareness to protect the planet was marked by bpha colleagues and customers in Northstowe, Cambridge who took part in community events to stand up for nature and fight climate change.
bpha donated £1400 which paid for the cost of bins to help residents tackle climate change by safely removing unused household waste. The three bins collected household metal and electrical items such as fridges, another collected bulky items such as mattresses and heavy furniture the third collected general waste.
The event hosted by Sustainable Northstowe was also joined by South Cambridgeshire County Council who provided free food, refreshments, and a bicycle repair service.
Councillor Firouz Thompson from Cambridge County Council who attended the event said: “Community recycling plays a crucial role in raising awareness and fosters a culture of environmental responsibility. By actively participating in recycling programme, community members become more conscious of their consumption habits and waste generation, leading hopefully to a more sustainable lifestyle overall.”
Northstowe Arts also took part in the event by hosting an art workshop for adults and children. bpha colleagues donated egg boxes and yoghurt pots which were used in the workshop to make mini monsters. The workshop helped children to understand the importance of recycling and protecting the environment.
bpha Community Engagement Officer, Julie Piercey said: “It was so good to partner with Northstowe Arts again. We had an enjoyable time, and it was great to see the children having fun creating their own beasts from recycling items. It was a great reminder that recycling turns things into other things in a fun and creative way, and we can all do our bit to help the environment.”
All donations received on the day will benefit a local Cambridge charity, Adults Disability Services by Cam Trust Charities.
bpha employees can use seven hours per year on the volunteering programme working with our partners in the community to improve green spaces. This includes wildflower planting, tree planting and garden clearance at schools within our operating area. To find out how you can work with us or support a community hub, you can email the Community Engagement Team at Communityengagement@bpha.org.uk.