News — Local Litter Picking Pioneer Named as Second Culver Cares Award Winner
Culver Square Shopping Centre has named local litterpicker pioneer Kay Schroder as a deserving winner in their Culver Cares campaign to highlight local heroes.
Kay set up the Colchester litter pickers Facebook group and encouraged many local residents to join in. After establishing the group, she pioneered many community litter picks to clean up the local area.
As a regular attender of community events, she began attending with some of her litter picking team to keep clean and raise awareness of the problems caused by litter.
Litter can kill or stunt local plant growth and cause many small animals to crawl into bottles or jars and get stuck. Birds, small animals and water creatures can eat or get tangled in plastic bags or plastic 6-ring holders that are littered also.
Alongside this, Kay has also helped the local youth by providing community service and volunteering opportunities to help youngsters achieve their Duke of Edinburgh awards.
To ensure complete community engagement, she regularly does picks in the local area and liaises with local councillors and businesses to support and be involved.
Kay’s litter picking has helped local people clean up their surrounding area, get some exercise, improve peoples mental health and meet new people.
Kathryn Gilbert, who nominated Kay said ‘She really is a litter picking star!’.
Centre Manager, David Robertson, of Culver Square said: “Keeping Colchester clean and looking after the wildlife around us are passions of the team at Culver Square, so really appreciate the importance of the dedication that Kay has to keeping Colchester tidy.”
Each month, Culver Square is rewarding one person or group in Colchester who has gone above and beyond within the community. The well-deserving recipient will be awarded with a “Culver Cares” certificate and gift as a reward for their efforts showcased across Culver Square’s website and social media.
Kay Schroder was nominated by Kathryn Gilbert. If you know someone who has community spirit head to the Culver Square website and complete the Culver Cares form. What classes as community spirit is open to interpretation. In essence, anything where the nominee has gone above and beyond to help those around them. This could be supporting young people or the elderly, volunteering or raising money for charity, the list is endless.
For more details visit https://www.culversquare.co.uk/culver-cares/