Free craft sessions for children (and big kids!) are being held at Hildreds Shopping Centre, in Skegness, on selected dates in September.

The sessions are being offered by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) through its partnership with the Anglian Water Keep It Clear programme.

The programme is all about the small things we can all do to help keep our sewers and drains clear and avoid the misery, cost, bad smells and potential flooding and pollution caused by avoidable blockages.

The craft sessions will see wipes transformed into butterflies and added to a display to highlight the importance of preventing baby wipes and other wipes, such as those used for taking off make-up and general cleaning, from being flushed down toilets.

There will also be activity books for children, colouring pencils and seaside flags to colour.

LCVS will be at Hildreds Shopping Centre, in Skegness, 11am to 3pm on Saturday, September 22 and Saturday, September 29.

Activities will be simple and fun and suitable for all ages.

Free Keep It Clear aids for adults will also be available. They include items such as sink strainers to catch hair and food to avoid it getting into sewers and pipes and sprays to help make toilet paper or tissues do the job of a wipe.

Steve Andrews, Hildreds Centre manager, said: “The Hildreds Shopping Centre has always had a green conscience.

“Several years ago we developed a 10 point environmental policy which included growing our own plants around the centre, composting waste food from our café and making sure the waste we produce at the centre is landfill free.

“We actively reduce our carbon footprint by installing solar panels and both LED and PIR lighting and we have installed our own rainwater harvesting system at the centre.  It is important to us that any initiatives that help to promote environmentally friendly living that look after our seas are encouraged and hopefully this event will be a great way to raise awareness, in a fun and creative way”

LCVS Anglian Water project officer Jackie Lane is available to attend community groups and events in Skegness with her free Keep It Clear aids and give free talks and information on steps we can all take to help.

Items that should always go in bins include:

  • Wipes of all types – baby wipes, make-up wipes, surface wipes
  • Sanitary products – towels, tampons, applicators and incontinence pads
  • Cotton buds
  • Disposable nappies
  • Condoms and femidoms
  • Razor blades
  • Syringes and needles
  • Bandages and plasters
  • Plastic bags and wrappers

Bin or compost:

  • Food scraps
  • Fats, oils and grease

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