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VOLUNTEERS from schools and charities worked together to clear rubbish.

The litter-pick, organised by Fareham Borough Council, took place at the open space at Longfield Avenue and Fort Fareham Road.

Henry Cort Community College and Brookfield Community School pupils who are part of the Skillforce educational charity, take part in a litter pick around Longfield Avenue, Fareham.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150937-1)

Henry Cort Community College and Brookfield Community School pupils who are part of the Skillforce educational charity, take part in a litter pick around Longfield Avenue, Fareham.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150937-1)

People from the council, alongside volunteers and students from Henry Cort Community College and Brookfield Community School, spent the morning and early afternoon clearing rubbish.

Angie Ostler, a monitoring enforcement officer at the council, said: ‘We did this big clean-up with some volunteers and a group called Skillforce.

‘This is the second year that we have done this.

‘The aim is to get more of the community involved to help tidy up the areas where people drop litter.

‘Skillforce does it in conjunction with the Duke of Edinburgh award and it gives us an opportunity to get the students involved with the community,’

A number of Year 10 pupils teamed up with the charity, made up of ex-­forces personnel, to inspire young people to succeed.

Team leader Natasha Berry said: ‘We worked with the council as part of Fareham volunteer week.

‘Our students are in Year 10 at Henry Cort Community College and they are doing the two-year Skillforce programme which is a BTec in sport and active leisure.

‘A part of the module is to do community projects so the students can learn how important it is to give back and not live in their own little bubble.

‘We are trying to educate the students to give some respect to the community, see the larger picture and help out.

Skillforce runs beach cleans with students to teach them the dangers of littering.

Natasha added: ‘Our aim from this is that when students are out with friends they will hopefully have a go at them for dropping litter.

‘We want them to get an understanding of the larger impact it has on the community.’