This week Aston staff Volunteers joined forces with Community Service Volunteers and St. Peter’s Housing Association to create a specialised allotment facility for elderly residents at St. Peter’s Housing Association in Saltley.
After a lot of hard work an area of unused ground was transformed into a beautiful allotment area accessible to residents with different levels of mobility. With seven raised planting beds, a bench, wheelchair ramp and traditional allotment area the former overgrown area was unrecognisable by the end of the challenge.
The residents had been hoping for an allotment for some time and were delighted that the project was going ahead. Many joined in the work and all offered encouragement and appreciation during the two days.
Carl Taylor, the Director of Birmingham Cooperative Housing Services who manage the supported housing scheme, was impressed by the level of work done and very pleased that the residents wish had been fulfilled with the help of Community Service Volunteers and of course Aston University staff. He extends his heartfelt thanks to all involved.
Thank you and congratulations to all those staff who volunteered for making the project such a success.
Keep an eye on Aspects for the details of the next Volunteer Challenge.
Words by Chantal De-Silva