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Florence’s Mission to keep our streets clear of litter!

June 10, 2021 / All Events

Florence does more than her bit on her litter picking mission!

With World Environment Day taking place over the weekend, we wanted to share some positivity in relation to this. Read about one of our many incredible bibic families on a mission to keep the streets clear of litter.

Florence, aged nine, came to bibic in January for an assessment after concerns she had ADHD and Autism. She had difficulties with anxiety and her behaviour, we wanted to share her inspirational story…

Florence has been litter picking now for five years. Not only has she inspired the whole family to pick but also a team of over 40 other Yeovil residents.

Therapy Manager, Chelsey stated, “Litter picking gives Florence responsibility, which massively improves her self-esteem. It has given her something to identify with, instead of feeling she has no place in the world. She feels a sense of achievement from her street clean mission and it gives her purpose.”

Florence’s street clean mission began, when “She got annoyed at the litter on the beach on holiday and when we got home, she asked me to video a message. That simple message was uploaded as a bit of a joke, but we were contacted by the paper and TV within 48 hours.”

Florence’s message regarding the litter didn’t stop there

Florence has met the Mayor, local police and several TV and newspaper reporters from cleaning up the streets. “Florence has done TV and radio interviews but anxiety was massive for the BBC Somerset sound one and I actually thought she may bottle it. She was desperate to share her message and with some calm and time from the interviewer she did brilliantly.”

Litter picking for Florence and her family is an ongoing mission.

“We love helping keep the town tidy although it can be frustrating when the litter appears within hours of picking.”

However, this doesn’t get Florence’s spirit down. “Florence rarely gets annoyed with it and has that endless mission to keep on trucking. She has befriended a fair few of the South Somerset District Council teams and insists I beep at every litter picker in the South West.”

Florence’s passion has also rubbed off on her younger brother. “Harrison joined the ranks as a tiny two-year-old and she now calls him her deputy in charge.” No job is too big or small for them. “They have cleared fly-tips, litter, laybys. We rarely come home without a bag in the boot.”

Since Florence’s assessment at bibic, there has been an improvement in home life, as well as managing situations. Florence’s mum stated “I am going away armed with the information I need to help my daughter achieve and be her very best. She enjoyed her time at bibic.” The assessment helped Florence’s family understand the world through her eyes.

What an inspiration Florence has been and continues to be to keep our streets clean, with the help of her family and a huge team behind her, backing her along the way.

You can follow Florence’s street clean mission on her Facebook page here. 

If you would like to support bibic in their work with children like Florence, follow the link to donate here.

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