Volunteering Staffordshire is a service funded by Staffordshire County Council and run by the charity VAST who provide volunteering support across the County. Volunteering Staffordshire offers local people and businesses opportunities to make a positive contribution to their local communities.
VAST’s Development and Volunteering Team Leader, Craig Harris, has been working closely with the Cannock based Prince’s Trust Team (308) to support with youth volunteering. Here’s the Prince’s Trust Teams’ story as told by Team Leader, Sally Palmer:
During Residential Week the team were given a choice of three two-week projects all of which would help to serve the community in some way. The team unanimously decided that creating a sensory garden for the service users at the Age UK Centre at the Old Roller Mill in Penkridge looked like a fantastic project and couldn’t wait to get started. The team got to work fundraising and managed to raise a whopping £600 by holding a market stall, a raffle, a supermarket bag pack and a town collection.
During a warm sunny autumn the project commenced and the team got off to a great start by clearing leaves and tidying borders ready for planting all the spring bulbs. Planning and resourcing for materials and equipment needed was a huge team effort. Age UK gave us a clear plan of what they had expected and the team started purchasing sensory plants, fruit trees, wind chimes and decorative items and ordered wood for a raised vegetable beds. The team also managed to secure donations and discounts with E H Smith kindly donating £500 worth of top quality block paving and managed to find a local builder to come and lay the paved area for free.
The weather turned during the second week but the team kept going to get the project completed. It was a wonderful project and during a very wet handover Age UK were appreciative with the teams’ efforts.
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