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Suitable for: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: £20
Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local church
Activity: Community
Author: HOPE
Published: 09/02/2015

Description

Gather your young people together for a day cleaning up their town. Provide them with all the equipment they are likely to need, divide them into teams, and set about clearing up rubbish, cleaning graffiti, digging gardens, painting garages and whatever else your community needs.


This project will be much more effective if you spend some time beforehand working out what the real needs of your community are. For example, talk to your local council or residents’ association. Then target two or three particular areas and give them a deep clean. Or you could pick a particular street, speak to residents and ask them what they would like your team to do.


Consider:


Equipment. Make sure your group has all the tools they need for the tasks in hand. You may need to enlist the help of the wider church in providing tools or the funds to buy equipment.


Health and safety. Make sure anything you plan is properly risk-assessed. And again, child protection must be a consideration, so make sure you have enough adults helping to lead the project. Although the young people will not be getting paid for their work, it is important to make sure that they do the best job possible, so leader monitoring on the day is essential.


Local Media. This is a great chance to show others that not all young people fit the media stereotype, so invite the local media along to see the amazing work that the young people are doing.

Rationale

If managed well, this project will make a lasting difference to your area and be a brilliant example of how the Church can serve communities. It can also inspire your young people to put their faith into action, and develop group dynamics.

Outcome

Improve your local area, demonstrate love through service.


This idea can be found on page 95 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.



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