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Tyler’s story: Cleaning up Blackburn

Tyler, aged 14 and a friend became litter picking sensations cleaning up the streets of Blackburn. He was inspired by the Youth Zone’s Youth Ambassador Project.

The project aims to provide young people with the opportunity to become more involved in their community through social integration, social action and team building. Tyler explained “Through doing the Youth Ambassador Project I gained the confidence to believe that I could make a difference in my community. I bought myself a litter picker and set off around the streets, all together we have collected 44 bags of rubbish. When I finish doing my local area I want to go into different areas and make a difference there.”

“I had noticed a lot of litter lying around the streets, it makes the area look really scruffy and I was worried about the harm it would cause to wildlife. After researching I found the ‘Keep Blackburn Tidy’ page on Facebook and knew this was something I could get involved with. The boys have since gone on to set up their own social media pages to persuade others to get involved with cleaning up the streets of Blackburn and Darwen.