Community clean-up days, reporting illegally dumped rubbish, recycling more and beautiful garden displays are just some of the ways residents are helping to make Brent cleaner and greener this summer... and now there are grants for residents who love where they live.
Brent’s Love Where You Live campaign, which launched on Valentine’s Day last year, is harnessing residents pride in their local neighbourhoods and is going from strength to strength.
The campaign aims to make it easier for residents to work with the council as it strives to make the borough cleaner and greener. And the good news is – it’s working! We are recycling more, dozens of clean up days have been arranged and reports of things like littering, dog fouling and graffiti using the Cleaner Brent smartphone app have almost doubled.
And now with a little help from a new Love Where You Live grant, you can now do even more to brighten up your neighbourhood and inspire a bit of community spirit as the summer rolls in.
£500 grants offer
Grants of up to £500 are available for all residents, community groups and schools who have an idea to improve the environment, tackle social isolation or help to build better community relations.
Whether it’s organising a street party, brightening up your local area with some flowers or establishing a community vegetable patch for all to enjoy, these grants offer the chance to bring your community together and make a difference in your neighbourhood.
“Our Love Where You Live campaign is about encouraging all residents to care for their surroundings and feel responsible for how things look and feel so that we can create a better environment for everyone,” says Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment.
“These grants are a great opportunity for residents who want to do something positive for their communities and help make their local areas even better places to live, work and visit.
“We’ve got some fantastically imaginative and civic-minded people in Brent and I’m really looking forward to seeing what ideas are submitted.”
To apply for a grant visit www.brent.gov.uk/lovewhereyoulive
Let us know what you are doing to help make Brent a cleaner and greener place to live. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a brilliant opportunity. In our community, we have started Sudbury in Bloom, where we are encouraging volunteers to adopt unkempt spaces and plant flowers to brighten up the area. These grants could really make a difference and I’ll definitely be applying.”
Renu Kaul, Vice-Chairman of Sudbury Town Residents Association.
"My family moved to England from Romania and I’ve lived in Brent since I was born and I love it here. I want to live here for the rest of my life, but sometimes that doesn’t feel like an option because of all the litter being dropped. That’s why together with Kingsbury Schools we decided to take action. By picking up the litter, we hope we have been good role models for our community.”
Andreea Rotariu, 11 years old, Roe Green Junior School.
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