Duke of Edinburgh’s Award litter-picking

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OxClean can provide supervision for school students who are undertaking the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award scheme and wish to do litter picks in areas within the City. Litter picking is recognised as a volunteering activity for the programme as part of ‘working with the environment’.

If you would like to participate please contact oxclean.team@gmail.com, but please first read the information below.

We can provide you with equipment including a litter picker, bags for residual waste (‘rubbish’) and recycling, and a HiVis vest, or you may wish to purchase your own (we can advise on the best equipment). Students often choose to go out in pairs, and litter pick in park or nature areas, or in their local community.

Before you start you will be asked to write a brief project plan (up to 200 words) to describe:

  • Why you think this is important and what you hope to achieve
  • Where you plan to litter pick (with a map if possible)
  • How often you plan to go out
  • Any possible safety concerns and how you will stay safe
  • How you will evidence what you have done

After you have completed your volunteering you will be asked to submit some photographic evidence and a log detailing your experience, and a written short summary describing how the project went, focusing on what went well, what you learnt, and any problems you encountered.

Your supervisor will then be able to complete the online DofE Assessor’s Report and sign-off on the website.

We look forward to hearing from students who wish to join in making Oxford a cleaner and greener City in which to live, or teachers who are interested in recommending this initiative to their DofE students.