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Hounslow Manor School

The Litter Troopers!

The Litter Troopers are a group of students and sixth formers from Hounslow Manor School in west London who felt particularly passionate about their local environment. Setting up the Litter Troopers they have started to run a campaign to clean up their community!

Project started: Oct 2008

After a few Youth Act sessions and a residential weekend in Wales they decided the biggest issue that affected their community was their environment. They felt people were not keeping it tidy which led to people not feeling proud of their local area.

The Litter Troopers chose to focus on 2 aspects for their campaign. Firstly they would work with local primary schools and the wider community to raise awareness of looking after your environment. Secondly the group would work with local businesses to involve them with the campaign and widen its impact. Choosing to involve local businesses has meant the campaign is reaching all those involved and affected, and in turn has meant businesses are reminded of their duty to look after their environment.

The group are currently involved in organising a festival with artists, musicians and caterers from the area which will feature a 30 minute litter picking session. Calling the event Bin it to Win it the group are hoping the community will recognise how much can be achieved when they work together to clean up their community.

As Odeta, 13 noticed if at least some people start caring for their community, and make it look nice, then other people will start caring too!

Youth Act training and campaigns are running throughout London. A national Youth Act Train the Trainers programme is also available. Please contact the Youth Act team for more information 020 7566 5033 or email Ade Sofola (

This project is based on the internationally successful Youth Act! programme of street law begun by Street Law Inc in the United States (, which has campaigned to increase provision for homeless people, challenge discrimination and reduce gun crime.

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