Last week the Participants of the Positive People programme ‘People’s Panel’ were cleaning up the Cornish coastline at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth. In Partnership with Kirstie, ambassador for ‘Plastic Free Falmouth’ and ‘Keep Britain Tidy’, we learnt more about single use plastics and how to keep our Cornish coastlines beautiful and tidy from waste. The team, armed with litter pickers, cleaned the beach and gardens of any waste.
Beautiful delights were created using the waste on cyanotype (a blue photographic process) with one of our specialist providers, Helen from ‘From Acorns to Oaks’. We used the natural sunlight to create beautiful pictures and the magic unfolded in front of our eyes to reveal our sun creations. The creations were then used to create special beach bags with meditation stones and special memories.
The people’s panel also provided feedback on their time on the programme and their journey with Positive People.
“Positive People Programme is exactly what it says on the tin – positive people trying to encourage us to be positive people” – a lovely quote from a participant, summing it up perfectly.
Another participant added “I was looking forward to today, although I was a bit nervous about meeting new people. I don’t go as much as I should to the beach and I find it really calming”.
“I’ve made a lot of new friends as well as gaining qualifications which will help me find a job!”.
“I’ve got so much more confidence and self-belief. Positive People helped me to do this by allowing me, for the first time in my life, to make decisions for myself”.
Sustainability is a word we hear more than our own names now. We live and breathe it (or at least we should). The planet needs help more than ever and days such as this one are invaluable.
We may not be able to put on our superhero capes and save the world but we need to start somewhere and every little helps. Beaches of all places are of such natural beauty; they are a gift and most importantly they are free!
But imagine packing your beach ball, towel and picnic and heading to the beach only to find a display of rubbish from previous users? Nothing beautiful or relaxing about that.
Not only did these participants work hard to support Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth to keep their Blue Flag status by cleaning the beach and gardens, they turned the rubbish into beautiful and creative pictures.
The perfect image of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’!
Well done everyone!