What the Tidy Up Team does

Unloved and uncared for areas of our city impact on the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

By working with volunteers, communities, organisations, businesses and schools we can make simple and achievable changes to public spaces. These include improving the area by tackling the wellbeing issues caused by litter, graffiti, overgrown vegetation and other problems.

Through the process of positive transformation, we can create a sense of civic pride.

This can reduce problems like littering and graffiti. It also taps into a desire to live in clean and attractive places and actively contribute to transforming, enhancing and maintaining those spaces.

Join the Tidy Up Team

To become a Tidy Up Team member you have to go to a short training and induction session. You'll receive the Tidy Up Team kit which includes:

  • litter pick stick
  • bags
  • bag hoop
  • hi-vis vest
  • first aid kit
  • gloves
  • hand cleanser
  • cleansing wipes

The training also covers health and safety information. It also allows you to find out how the scheme works and what you can do.

Tidy Up Team members are covered by the council's liability insurance. They can carry out clean-up activities in all public spaces across the city within the bounds of the training given.

We hope that once trained, members will be able to complete at least 15 minutes of clean-up activities each week. We encourage members to do as much as they're able to.

To be a Tidy Up Team member you need to be:

  • at least 18 years old and be reasonably fit and mobile
  • able to use a litter picking stick and carry a rubbish bag at the same time

After each litter picking session, we ask members to complete a simple online form to help with future litter strategies for the green spaces.

We also ask that you have a mobile phone with you while carrying out Tidy Up Team tasks and that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

If you're interested in getting involved please complete the volunteer for the Tidy Up Team form. We'll contact you with details of how you can get involved as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please send an email to communitycleanup@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone 01273 29 29 29.