Costa Coffee hosts Reading Week to improve UK literacy levels

Costa Coffee is inviting customers to join them in their 2nd annual reading week, taking place from 11th – 17th September 2017. Parents, teachers and children are welcome to come down to the store and enjoy a range of literacy themed activities on offer that aim to teach children about the environment, whilst also enjoying a free hot or cold beverage.

Reading Week is held in partnership with The National Literacy Trust, The Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, Keep Britain Tidy and Helping Hand Environmental. Taking place in over 500 stores nationwide, the initiative is designed to spark children’s interest in reading, aiming to tackle low literacy levels across the UK, an issue that is currently said to cost the UK economy £2.5 billion every year.

The 500+ participating stores have been handpicked based on new analysis from the National Literacy Trust and Experian which identifies the areas in England with the greatest vulnerability to literacy problems. Together, they have created a Literacy Vulnerability Score for every electoral ward and parliamentary constituency in England. This combines the charity’s understanding of the socioeconomic factors most closely associated with low literacy – such as education, income and unemployment – with Experian’s data expertise. The Literacy Vulnerability Score pinpoints the areas in England with the most acute literacy problems and where the greatest level of support is required.

The Litter Heroes storybooks will be available to read in store and have been specially created for Costa Reading Week, featuring a new story from Barney & Echo about litter and responsibility in our communities. Environmental activities booklets will also be available for children to complete, and have been designed to help stimulate young minds to begin to think about their environment and how sustainability can impact their personal choices. Costa team members will be on hand to act as reading hosts and encourage children to spend time reading with their parents or carers. Helping Hand Environmental will also be running a Design Your Own Litter Picker competition where the winning entrant will have their design manufactured for them to keep.

 

“Reading Week is part of a wider initiative established to enable Costa’s team members to make a difference to their local communities,” said Sandy Gourlay, Charity and Community Manager, Costa Coffee, “building on our commitment to the literacy agenda, we are thrilled to be able to work with partners to welcome young people to our stores this week to enjoy a good book.”

Head of Partnerships at National Literacy Trust, Lisa Rootes, added, “We have recently commissioned a report that revealed up to 40% of people in disadvantaged areas of the UK have literacy problems, which has a significant impact on their career prospects. Lacking vital literacy skills holds a person back at every stage of their life. This initiative is great as it really gets to the heart of these communities and looks to tackle to the problem.”

Costa employees will also donate approximately 30,000 ‘Barney and Echo’ books, provided by the Police Community Clubs of Great Britain, directly to their local schools. Ian Jackson, UK Project Director for Police Community Clubs, described the partnership: “Working with the team at Costa is incredibly rewarding. Their commitment to their communities coupled with their boundless energy and enthusiasm has been instrumental in creating Costa Reading Week. This week-long in-store activity will have benefits for children not only in educating them about their own environment, but will also allow them the joy of spending quality time reading with a parent, teacher or guardian. I’m certain that this fun and worthwhile project will stay with them as a positive experience throughout their young lives.”

Keep Britain Tidy, a charity partner of Costa, plays a role in increasing the long-term impact of Reading Week, by encouraging participating stores to work towards a prestigious Eco-School qualification.

Lee Wray-Davies, Eco-Schools Manager, Keep Britain Tidy, commented: “We are delighted to be supporting Costa’s Reading Week this year. If we are to prevent the littering and waste that blights our country and our planet, educating the next generation so that they do better than we have done is vital. The key messages and lessons delivered through Reading Week are very much in line with our Eco-Schools programme; using stories to show what can be done to tackle the issue of litter is a fantastic way to get the message across.”

Helping Hand Environmental will provide further valuable resources, from litter pickers to information booklets, to support schools in setting up their own litter clubs. Lindsay Richmond, Communities Partnerships Manager for Helping Hand Environmental, also commented: “Helping Hand are super proud to be involved in such a worthwhile project to engage young minds in a fun and interactive way, learning new literacy and environmental skills both in the classroom and at their local Costa store. We are delighted again to be working with Costa –  a business totally committed to making our world a better place”.

Street Boss

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Product Code: LPC5001 

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The next leader in multi functional litter collection, Street Boss encompassing a range of practical solutions for daily cleansing tasks; including the innovative ‘Pick and Push’ feature – designed to allow continuous handling and operational comfort.

Highly maneuverable and easy to use, Street Boss has puncture proof tyres for added longevity and stability across uneven surfaces with an integrated safety brake designed to support work on gradients. The system comprises of two Handihoop Plus sack retentions units for quick removal; each with the capacity to carry 100 litres, giving the operator the option to segregate litter at street level.

And the systems’ unique tool storage facilities increase productivity – allowing the operative to undertake a range of cleansing tasks and with optional Street Boss Tools package – a tool at hand for every application – including a litterpicker of choice, bio hazard bin, cleansing hoe, long handle dustpan & brush and plastic shovel.

The Street Boss system delivers real time value over current operating methods; used by councils in the UK and Europe the system providing a premium innovative solution for sustainable litter collection and reducing the time taken to clean zones.

Check out the Street Boss very own website www.streetboss.co.uk

Street Boss features:

  • Lightweight steel frame strong and robust
  • Resilient, pierce resistant polyester mesh durable and easy to clean
  • Puncture proof solid tyres reliable and low maintenance
  • Ergonomic Y-dee fixed handle all day comfort and operation
  • Extra wide storage pocket for convenience
  • Robust side and front protection panels protects the bags from side winds
  • Integrated safety brake for gradients and uneven surfaces
  • 2 x Handi Hoop Plus segregate litter at source with optional shoulder strap
  • Optional range of tools and accessories to assist with all cleansing needs

Street Boss Testimonials:

“We were delighted when asked to be involved in the research and development of Street Boss. We truly believe this system will help to revolutionise Street Cleansing as we know it – increasing productivity throughout any cleaning service” Nottingham City Council

“The capacity to carry two bags to separate recycle and non-recyclable items when litter picking, so far we estimate to have separated and recycled approximately 3 tonnes of waste that would have previously gone to landfill” Oxford City Council

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Graptor

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Graptor Litterpicker

Product Code: LP1227

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Especially designed for children and bringing Litterpicking to life, the Graptor Kids Litterpicker has a dinosaur, or Raptor, imagery as part of the design.

Not only making environmental clean-ups fun, the Graptor kids litterpicker is child-sized length to make the activity safer, as too long or too short can be awkward, making Litter picking a harder past time which in turn may encourage children to pick things up with their hands. So give them a Graptor!

Making things even easier, the ‘teeth’ on the Graptor jaws are tailored to pick up litter as quickly as possible, and the bright colour helps the child see the litter. The comfortable handle also provides the child with a secure grip on the litterpicker. Kids love using the Graptor: litter picking becomes an exciting outdoor learning exercise, and they want to do it again and again!

The Graptor kids litterpicker can form part of a kids cleanup kit for community, home or school activities.

Graptor features:

  • 68cm (27”) length for ease and safety of use
  • Vivid bright design especially to capture the children’s imagination
  • Also available as part of a larger Group, School or Kids Kit!
  • Personalised filler strip branding available on this product
  • Available in Limited Edition Keep Wales Tidy Version

Graptor Testimonials:

“Great quality product, the kids think the Graptor is wicked!”
East Northamptonshire Borough Council

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Handicart

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Product Code: LCA0001

The Handicart is light and compact but incredibly tough litter cart. Fully loaded, it can hold over 32Kgs and with an adjustable handle the litter cart is always easy to manoeuvre through the tightest gaps.

Puncture proof wheels allow the cart to be easily steered over a wide variety of terrain. The ergonomic handle is easily adjustable for height and left or right handed use. The Handicart is low maintenance and can be power washed to keep the unit clean and hygienic for everyday use.

A great companion on any litter pick!

Check out the Handicart’s very own website at www.handicart.co.uk and video below

Handicart features:

  • Ability to Recycle on the Go
  • Increases collection capacity saving time and money
  • Flexible and multifunctional
  • Adjustable handle
  • Puncture proof tyres for all terrains
  • Optional detachable Handi Hoop Plus with, scoop/sweep function
  • Increased productivity
  • Low maintenance

Handicart Testimonials:

“The feedback from our trials included ease of use, very light, fully manoeuvrable on any type of terrain. All the Community Groups wanted to hold onto the cart in our trials. The Handicart will form part of our Community Equipment in the future.” Dudley MBC

“The new Handi Cart System is a truly innovative and eye-catching litter clearance system. Above all though, it provides users with a very adaptable, multi-functional and user-friendly piece of equipment” Clean up Britain

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Safe Pick Pro

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Product Code: LP1321

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The perfect accompaniment to the Sharps pouch, the Safe Pick is a portable back up tool for dangerous litter (including needles) and maintains a crucial distance between the biohazard and the user, when the forceps are just not far away enough.

Street cleansing operatives, litter wardens, volunteers on a clean-up, local authority parks departments and landscaping companies – the list of people who find this equipment useful is endless. It has a handy carry strap to have all the items with you wherever you go and to allow you to be hands-free in your clean up.

The Safe Pick Pro can form part of the Sharps pouch – please speak to a member of our team for more information

Safe Pick features:

  • The Safepick extends out to 54cm/21”
  • Slots easily into the Sharps Pouch pocket enabling you to have all the tools you need when out and about
  • Handy and transportable set of equipment, leaving you to clean up an area ‘hands-free’
  • A replenishable kit enabling you to collect needles on the spot and to leave an area safe and clean immediately

Safe Pick Pro Testimonials:

“We have 23 caretakers based in our residual blocks, we issued the sharp’s pouch to them as part of their normal working equipment . They have found these pouches extremely useful as they are small enough to fit on their belts and they can deal with emergencies immediately rather than having to go back to base to get specialist equipment.”
Gallion Housing Association

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Handiscoop Pro

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Product Code: LP2233 (long) and LP2218 (short)

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The revolutionary tool that cleans up any dog fouling, wherever you are!

Effective on all types of surfaces, it doesn’t matter where you are – on the beach or on grass (the teeth on the jaw end enable the sand to filter out or the blades of grass to remain on the ground, so you are efficiently left with just the litter!), in a playground where it is paramount to keep children’s play areas clean from dog fouling, or on the tarmac of streets and pavements.

Furthermore, it is easily cleanable, and can also be used with poop scoop bags, so the cleaning part is even less of a job! You can load a few bags on at the same time too, so when you next have to collect dog litter, you are already set to go! It saves you time every time.

What’s more, the Handiscoop Pro can be used with or without poop scoop bags!

Handiscoop Pro features:

  • The 81cm (32”) length prevents the need for bending down to pick up dog fouling
  • The shorter length (18″) is ideal for taking with you on walks, journeys or in a vehicle
  • It’s lightweight and portable, so you can take it anywhere
  • It doesn’t matter what surface you are picking up the mess from – sand, gravel, grass – it works a treat anywhere.
  • Can be used with or without poop scoop bags!

Handiscoop Testimonials:

“We buy the Handiscoop to support our communities in tackling the issue of dog fouling head on in our borough”
Reigate & Banstead Council

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Ranger MAX

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Product Codes: LP3036 (Straight handle), LP3035 (Curved handle)

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The world’s toughest litterpicker – rugged and durable, the Ranger MAX heavy duty pickers are for the toughest jobs and a very popular option throughout the UK and Europe.

Available with a straight or curved handle, you can choose this heavy duty picker style to suit your needs. The one-piece 35” tong style unit is the simplest of our designs, yet the technology provides you with a comfortable handle, a wide jaw opening for larger items, and reflective elements to keep you visible if operating in poor light. The red jaws have flexible traction to guarantee a brilliant pick up, from glass bottles to cigarette butts.

Ticking the environmental box, this Helping Hand Ranger now has its own Ranger Recycle Kit, allowing you to reuse the tool again and again!

Ranger features:

  • 87cm (35″) length to optimise user’s reach when picking up litter
  • Bright reflective features ensure the user is seen as much as possible and highlight the litter being picked up, which is particularly beneficial in poor light
  • Ranger Recycle Kit allows you to replace jaw ends and increase product lifecycle by 300%!
  • PLEASE NOTE We are the manufacturer of the Ranger litterpicker

Ranger MAX Testimonials:

“My Helping Hand Ranger Litterpickers make light work of keeping our beach clean at Cleveleys every four weeks. We couldn’t manage without them” Rossall Beach & Community Group

“Oxclean always select the Ranger for our community engagement campaigns” Oxclean

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Handihoop Plus

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Product Code: LP0001HS (without belt clip) and LP0003HS (with belt clip)

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The Litterpicker’s best friend, the Handihoop Plus bag opener is the tool to have if you are carrying out a clean up.

The simple and lightweight hoops are easy to use, comfy to carry, robust and just makes any type of litter collection so much easier.

The Handihoop Plus is the professional’s bag opener of choice; improving productivity and providing flexibility with the multi-functional scoop / sweep action.
The bag opener is designed to stay one step ahead of all your litter clearance needs and assists the user in streamlining their litter collections.

Other models are available in our online shop – including our latest Handihoop bag opener with foam handle and Handihoop Pro with ergonomic handle

Handi Hoop + features:

  • Secure Grip
  • Multi-functional: scoop/sweep action
  • Professional tool: high quality and robust
  • Optional body strap: increase collection capacity
  • Works towards local recycling targets
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Handi Hoop + Testimonials:

“Serco Sandwell were pleased to be involved in the development and trialling of the new Handihoop plus and we look forward to using it as part of our street cleansing activities.”
Serco Sandwell

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