Community champions

Our new community champions scheme is aimed at helping to keep Rushmoor clean and make a difference in local communities.

We are working with our contractor, Serco to introduce a community champions scheme.

We have been recruiting up to 20 residents who are keen to make a real difference to their community. Five of those selected will join a pilot scheme in the early part of the summer with the rest joining later in the year.

Applications have now closed.

We have a really good response and will be in touch with successful applications as soon as we can.

About community champions scheme

Our community champions will live in the borough, be passionate about their community and believe they can make a real difference to improving the area.

They will know what the issues are that matter most locally and where the environmental 'hot spots' are where they live. Their role will be to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears on the ground to report environmental problems they spot like:

  • Littering
  • Fly-tipping
  • Dog fouling

As the role is voluntary and independent, they will not work for the council, or be connected to the business of the council in any official capacity, such as an existing councillor or a candidate standing for election. The scheme is also not open to Serco employees working on our contract.

How much time our community champions will commit to the scheme

Our community champions can commit as much, or as little, time as they are able to give.  Some may only have a spare few minutes when walking the children to school, or when popping to the local shops - or maybe on their way to work or college.

Or they may spend more time out and about, perhaps as a community or neighbourhood group co-ordinator or as a key point of contact for a range of things in their area.

There is no such thing as a typical community champion - to make this scheme a success needs lots of different people from across the borough to get involved.

How it works

Serco will provide each of the 20 champions with a smartphone pre-loaded with the Love Rushmoor mobile app, at no cost to the council. The phone will have an adequate monthly data allowance for champions to make their reports at no cost to them and they will get full training and on-going support.

They will be able to use the Love Rushmoor mobile app to report environmental issues such as:

  • Fly-tipping
  • Dog fouling
  • Litter
  • Full litter bins
  • Abandoned shopping trolleys
  • Graffiti
  • Dead animals
  • Leaf build-up

In turn, this will help us to clean up any 'hot spots', efficiently keeping the borough green and clean.

 
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Contacts

Community champions scheme
champions.rushmoor@serco.com
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