Aspire’s neighbourhood litter pick with Doncaster Council

A drug and alcohol service that helps people on the road to recovery from their addiction has teamed up with Doncaster Council for a community litter picking event.

The pre-Christmas tidy-up took place in Conisbrough on November 29 with service users and staff from Aspire Drug and Alcohol Service and Doncaster Council’s Stronger Communities team joining forces to improve their neighbourhood.

Stuart Green, Aspire Service Manager, said: “We encourage our service users to get involved in community projects like this as part of their recovery.  It gives them a sense of pride and ownership while improving the environment on their doorstep for the benefit of everyone. It’s a win-win situation both for the people who use our services and also for local residents.  We are very pleased to be part of this litter picking event with the Stronger Communities team to give back to the community and bust the stigma of drug and alcohol addiction.”

During the two hour clean-up the team covered the area around the Conisbrough centre and St Peter’s Church and managed to fill 12 bags of litter. The type of litter collected included soft drinks cans, plastic bottles and containers, crisp packets and sweet wrappers.

Councillor Chris McGuinness, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for Communities, the Voluntary Sector and Environment said: “Everyone has a right to live and work in places that they can be proud of and it’s fantastic that service users and staff from Aspire have got involved in this litter pick as part of the wider ‘This is My Doncaster’ initiative.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our communities tidy and I would urge local people to do the responsible thing by disposing of their unwanted rubbish in the correct way to help us to make Doncaster a cleaner and greener place to live.”

To talk to someone in confidence about drug or alcohol issues, please visit Aspire’s live chat at:, or ring 01302 730956.

Aspire staff and service users with Doncaster Council Stronger Community co-ordinator Alison Bryan (centre) and Safer Community Officers.