Downend is looking lovelier than ever thanks to these young people

Published on: 03 Oct 2016

Downend angels

YOUNG people have been making sure the centre of Downend is spick and span during a recent litter pick.

The boys and girls are all members of a youth group at Christ Church, Downend and wanted to ensure any litter and debris after a busy Saturday night was cleared before a new week began.

The event was part of 'Serving Sunday' where every fourth Sunday of the month members look to find opportunities to make a difference.

Gary Smart, one of the youth leaders involved, said: “Getting started litter picking can be a bit daunting - it can feel a bit embarrassing at first. Our advice is just to go for it as the feeling soon passes. And it's actually quite important people see you at it: firstly, so they know it is being done by a young person and secondly because seeing a volunteer picking it up will make people think twice about dropping litter."

The youth group is part of a wider church youth project called The Noise which sees young people come together from across Bristol making a difference by participating in voluntary community projects and events throughout the year. 

You can find out more about the youth group by visiting

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