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Volunteers and Trafford Council clean up Old Trafford

Old Trafford clean up group

On Sunday, 18th April, around 50 volunteers from the World Mission Society Church of God, and their Young Adult Workers Volunteer Group (ASEZ WAO) were joined by Environmental Improvement Manager Mark Dale from Trafford Council to carry out a clean-up campaign.

It was the churches’ 6461st Worldwide Clean-up campaign and the 5th of the Old Trafford area.

This was another step in their battle to fight against fly tipping and littering in the area which the volunteers have been actively combating together with the council.

Fly Tipping has been on the increase during the pandemic, and is a health hazard and an eyesore around the area, however it is much more than that.

The Broken Windows theory is a theory that states when an area/neighbourhood comes under disrepair and uncared for, people will feel neglected, and the area will become further run down.

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This can create a downward spiral resulting in areas becoming more and more run down and petty crimes growing to become more serious crimes. Eventually people begin to avoid the neighbourhood and local businesses and soon residents come to feel a sense of helplessness and lose pride in their community.

Volunteers share the mind-set that a clean environment is a requisite for a happy life, and a beautiful community is only possible when we make efforts to clean our neighbourhoods’ together. Therefore, they have been working with the love of a mother who cares for her household, even down to the smallest detail.

The area that was cleared by the volunteers is in a very nice location, it is close to the city centre, surrounded by parks, and has a good community with many new building developments however, it has been plagued by fly tipping causing it to be acknowledged to have a serious environmental problem.

The volunteers have cleaned it up previously, but the rubbish keeps coming back.

The group cleaned up along Wright Street, Hadfield Street and Chester Road they managed to collect around 100 bags of rubbish, as well as a sofa, bedframe, car bonnet, an armchair, and various other items.

The total weight of rubbish added up to around 1,500kg.

The volunteers’ hard work is now bearing fruit together with the councils’ efforts, there are now security camera’s being installed, this will not only put off any further fly-tippers, but will catch anyone who tries to in the future. It will also help to catch and prosecute those who commit greater offences.

There has already been some success and the combined result is leading to the area improving, bit by bit.

Mark Dale, Environmental Improvement Officer, Trafford Council, gave some encouraging words to the volunteers saying:

“We would like to thank everybody who have taken part in today’s event and also previous events from the church, the work that the church is doing is really fantastic, it is helping to improve the environment around the church and make the place really better for the people who visit this area, so thank you very much.”

A volunteer from ASEZ WAO, Bradley Lawton also commented:

“It feels so good to get out and make a difference, when we all work together to take care of the area around us, we can make a beautiful community and world. It’s nice also seeing the work we are doing making a difference, I hope more people can get involved in taking action, and with other environmental issues too, to implement the UN SDGs for our futures’ sake.”

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] are 17 global goals that were outlined by the UN in 2015. They are a global pledge that the international community must keep to, for sustainable development. The SDGs are to be implemented between 2016-2030 with the young people of today’s generation playing a vital role in the world’s economy during this period.

The World Mission Society Church of God’s ASEZ WAO volunteers are the youth groups who gather to volunteer in their areas.

ASEZ WAO means “Save the World from A to Z as We Are One family.” It was established by young working people who work to promote change through altruistic deeds and share the love of Mother. By doing so, they aim to encourage others to care about the local community, environment, and the world, and ultimately work together to save it so that they, and the following generations will have a world to live in. ASEZ WAO do various activities such as crime reduction and implementation of the UN SDGs, the participation in the world-wide clean-up is one of them.

ASEZ WAO and the Church of God will continue to work with Trafford Council to improve the area and carry out other initiatives to implement the UN SDGs for a brighter future for Trafford, Manchester and the world.

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