Reading University Students Sign Up to RAYS Clean-up Scheme

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STUDENTS from the University of Reading are the latest recruits to the growing Reading Adopt Your Street (RAYS) scheme.

More than 20 staff and students have collectively signed up to the project which encourages individuals and groups to keep their communities clean in partnership with Reading Borough Council.

There are now 193 volunteers looking after more than 100 roads across the borough under the RAYS scheme.

Reading University students are adopting roads in the Redlands Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) area. They met up with Dave Dymond, from Redlands NAG, who showed them the adopted roads, the bin locations and provided contact details for support.

The students are getting involved in RAYS as part of a university scheme to encourage closer involvement in the local community.

Sarah Gardner, Community Relations Manager at the University of Reading, said:

“The University is keen to be a good neighbour in the local community and we are pleased to work alongside the Council and local residents as part of the RAYS scheme.”

The Council launched RAYS in March 2017 after winning £10,000 funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiatives.

Other groups which have signed up so far include Tilehurst Globe, Caversham Globe, Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA), Hamilton Road Resident’s Association, Katesgrove Primary School and Alfred Sutton Primary School.

Volunteers are supplied with litter picking equipment by the Council to help keep their adopted streets looking good. This is in addition to the Council’s normal street cleaning schedules.

Cllr Liz Terry, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, said:

“I am really pleased the RAYS scheme is being used as an opportunity for students at the University of Reading to forge closer links with the local community.

“The efforts of the students, with the guidance of the Redlands NAG, should have a big impact on the appearance of the area and I would like to thank both parties for their involvement.

“The number of people signing up to the RAYS scheme continues to grow which is really good news for neighbourhoods across Reading.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Reading Adopt Your Street programme should call (0118) 937 3534 or email


Tesco works with environmental regeneration charity Groundwork on the Bags of Help scheme which allocates grants for community projects from money raised by the 5p plastic bag levy.

David Millward

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