A York primary school will see part of its school field turned into community gardens and allotments as a result of the Big Community Challenge, being launched this week by York Cares.
The employee-volunteering charity needs 100 volunteers to take part in the challenge which takes place at Westfield Primary School in Acomb on 4, 5 and 6 October.
Launched in 2006, York Cares is a partnership of York’s leading employers – including The Press – which matches volunteers to community projects where they can have the most impact, particularly in disadvantaged areas.
Mrs Tracey Ralph, head teacher at Westfield Primary School says: “Our School Council found out that there is a waiting list for allotments in our community, and some of our own children do not have gardens at home, so we are very excited about Westfield School’s new Community Garden. It is hoped that the gardens will enable our children and their families to grow their own with help from the BTCV Get Growing team”
Under the expert guidance of Miller Construction, the volunteers from local businesses and schools will work together to create 15 plots, install a water pipe and tap, chop back hedging, create pathways and raised beds.
Jacqui Tesselment, from York Cares says, “We are so grateful to the Miller team for leading this project on behalf of York Cares but we need the help of local businesses and their people to help– we can’t do it without you!”
John Lister Chairman of York Cares and Finance Director of Aviva Life adds: “We have every confidence that the people of York will pull together and meet this challenge. Businesses who encourage their staff to donate just three hours of their time are not only helping to improve their local community, they are also helping their team to learn new skills such as team building, problem solving, confidence building, and leadership skills. The community benefits by gaining a new resource, employees benefit by learning new skills and businesses benefit from a motivated workforce – it’s a real win-win-win situation.”
To volunteer contact York Cares on 01904 323482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.