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Posted On: 30th Apr 2013

Green Fixer Gaining Ground

Joshua on his litter pick in Woolley Woods
Fixer Josh Wilson

A Sheffield Fixer, who organised a mass litter-pick in his hometown for his Fix, is ‘delighted’ to have been elected as a local Youth Councillor.

 

An active volunteer, Joshua Wilson (16) was recently voted into the Sheffield Youth Council, representing young people in his community assembly.

 

Earlier this year, he and more than 30 volunteers helped clean Concord Park and Woolley Woods in Shiregreen, which had been damaged by fly-tippers.

 

Joshua also made a film with the help of Fixers about the problem of illegal dumping of waste and says the area has really benefited since his Fix.

 

The teenager, who aims to one day become a Member of Parliament, has been volunteering with Sanctuary Housing for around 9 months and says he’s delighted about his new role as a Youth Councillor.

 

‘I’m absolutely over the moon to have been elected and it was an extremely proud moment for me,’ Joshua says.

 

‘Working with Fixers has really allowed me to be noticed and recognised in the community I love.

 

‘It’s time to carry on making a difference.’

 

Sheffield Youth Council is made up of young people from across the city all from different areas, groups, backgrounds and abilities.

 

The projects the Youth Cabinet will be working on aim to make a difference to young people and wider communities.

 

Josh’s litter-pick also earned him a Green Finger Award at February's Shiregreen Community Awards, which celebrates inspiring young people who have made a difference to the local area.

 

‘Working with Fixers has made a difference to the local area,’ explains Joshua.

 

‘Woolley Woods really does look like a different place now and it’s pleasing to see.

 

‘There are even plans to make part of the area into a nature trail which would just be great.

 

‘It’s nice making a change in society, and makes you feel proud inside.’ 

 

Author: N. Farooq

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