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 run a community champions scheme.
In 2019 we recruited up to 20 residents who were keen to make a real difference to their community. The successful applicants have helped to report more than 600 environmental problems around Aldershot and Farnborough.
Applications are currently closed, but we are hoping to recruit more champions in spring 2022.
About community champions scheme
Our community champions live in the borough, are passionate about their community and believe they can make a real difference to improving the area.
They know what issues matter most locally and where the environmental 'hot spots' are where they live. Their role is to act as an extra pair of eyes and ears on the ground to report environmental problems they spot like:
- Dog fouling
As the role is voluntary and independent, they do not work for the council and are 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 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 provides each of the 20 champions with a smartphone pre-loaded with the Love Clean Streets app, at no cost to the council. The phone has an adequate monthly data allowance for champions to make their reports at no cost to them and they get full training and on-going support.
They can use the Love Clean Streets app to report environmental issues such as:
- Dog fouling
- Full litter bins
- Abandoned shopping trolleys
- Dead animals
- Leaf build-up
In turn, this helps us to clean up any 'hot spots', efficiently keeping the borough green and clean.