Take Pride is an initiative organised and steered through Bracknell Forest Council, in association with The Big Tidy Up and Keep Britain Tidy campaign.
The aim of Take Pride is to encourage and assist volunteering activities in the Bracknell Forest area. Take Pride is a campaign run jointly between Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action, Bracknell Forest Borough Council and Thames Valley Police.
The Big Spring Clean saw numerous groups undertaking volunteer litter picking and conservation works in and around the borough in an effort to clear up the neighbourhood and set a positive example.
There are a number of dedicated volunteers who undertake weekly litter picking around their neighbourhood along with the Scouts and Guides from Bracknell Forest. They work hard to give the borough a good clear up.
In addition, the regular volunteer groups have been working hard to clean, conserve and protect the neighbourhood. The success of these groups can be viewed in the quarterly Take Pride Newsletter.
The campaign provides a great opportunity for volunteers to get involved in making a positive difference to the environment and our community. Volunteering is a great way to share skills, knowledge and leisure time with like minded people to improve the quality of life in our community.
You can get involved in the following types of activities:
Equipment is available on loan to you and your teams to assist with the event. This includes litter pickers, high visibility waistcoats, and gloves. Graffiti wipes are also available.
Bags are provided to collect the litter. Arrangements can be made to collect bags from agreed locations. Please contact customer services with the details. Volunteers are encouraged to separate recyclable materials and take them to the nearest recycling site or place them in the clear bag provided.
The main aim of the Take Pride campaign is to give people an opportunity to do something positive for their local community by encouraging them to take part in activities designed to improve the borough.
Although there are plans in place to deal with things like anti-social behaviour and litter on a borough wide scale, we want people to feel that they can play an active part in helping to shape their community. By working together, we can make the borough a safer, cleaner and more pleasant place to live.
Yes. Some events will be organised to take place in the evenings and at weekends and many will only last an hour or two. You can take part in as many or as few as you like, for example some community associations run litter picks every other month and you can go just once or to every single one. Alternatively, why not get your company to organise a Take Pride event which everyone can get involved in.
Not always. If an event like a litter pick or water course clearance has been organised, then you can just turn up and take part. Speedwatch and crime awareness patrols can only be carried out by registered volunteers, because you will need to be insured and trained. Volunteers for crime awareness patrols will also need to undergo a police background check.
Some activities will require a certain degree of fitness. For example, crime awareness patrols could require a lot of walking, but other activities can be done whatever your fitness level. If you are in any doubt about your ability to take part please contact the events organiser to discuss your concerns.
The Take Pride campaign is about getting everyone in the borough involved in their local area. Anyone connected to Bracknell in any way is welcome to take part as an individual, or as part of a larger group. Companies are also welcome to take part in pre-organised activities or organise their own events. Please contact the Take Pride team to discuss your ideas.