Local children from South Tyneside took to their local communities to take part in the Big Help Out litter pick.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of volunteering throughout the UK and provide opportunities for people to experience volunteering and make a difference in their communities.

As official partner of the ‘Big Help Out’, Asda asked its store Community Champions to nominate areas that could do with a little bit of help to create a better outdoor community space.

‘The Burn’ in Boldon Colliery was identified, with over 80 young people from Boldon Family Hub, Boldon Stanley’s Daycare, West Boldon Primary, East Boldon Juniors and Sunshine Nursery attending the area to help out their community,

Tracey Tough, Community Life Champion at Asda’s Boldon Store, has been taking part in various litter picks across the South Tyneside community this summer. Reflecting on the latest opportunity, she said: “As we have a community programme, this was something we wanted to get involved with straightaway.

“We work closely with the local community through supporting local groups and schools throughout the year, but this event was a great opportunity to bring all the schools in the local area together.”

Tough also highlighted the importance of experiencing volunteering and how rewarding it can be for young people. She added: “It’s incredibly important. It’s also children learning form a young age to be aware of the local community, giving them pride and a sense of achievement.

“The event was a huge success. It is something we will do again as the children really enjoyed it.”

To get involved and make a difference in your local area, check out the Big Help Out app.