Kensington & Chelsea LBC is kick-starting a national campaign to rid the streets of chewing gum by getting 25 school children to attempt to scrape it by hand from Kensington High Street. The children, who are willing participants in the stunt, have recently completed an environmental project assessing the problem. The council has also provided specially-designed wrappers in 12 local shops to help people store unwanted gum until they find a waste bin. The wrappers carry the slogan: 'Don't be dumb, wrap your gum.'
He's the Daddy
Surrey CC is encouraging fathers to spend more time with their children over the summer holiday by organising 'Dads, lads and daughters' events. Fathers and children can take part in a range of activities including brushing up their soccer skills with coaches from Fulham FC, playing in a rock band, or spending a weekend at an outdoor pursuits centre where they can try abseiling, rock climbing and archery.
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Dorset CC is looking for 'natural leaders' among the 50-plus age group to help develop 'supportive neighbourhoods' which enable older people to live independently. The council has won£2.4m from the Department of Health and is looking for people to act as a voice for their communities.
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Waste of space
Islington LBC has teamed up with a charity that reuses unwanted items to tackle the mountain of waste left by university students at the end of term. The scheme was launched at a University of London hall of residence last month and nearly a tonne of waste, including clothes, kitchen equipment and books, was collected.
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