HRC learners join Green Aiders to help restore gardens

Foundation learners at Huntingdonshire Regional College are helping to revamp gardens belonging to residents in Huntingdon, St Ives and Yaxley by joining community charity Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough’s ‘Green Aiders’ project.

The service has been set up to clear overgrown gardens of elderly, vulnerable or disabled homeowners, and is free to residents thanks to funding from the Cambridgeshire Youth Social Action Fund, a charitable fund supported by the Office for Civil Society and managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.

HRC Job Coach, Dee Ansah said: “Our learners did an amazing job – they worked really hard in all weathers and the work they did made a real difference to the homeowners.

“The learners developed teamwork, communication and leadership skills as well as picking up useful gardening knowledge.”

James Coultous, one of the team of nine learners involved, added: “I really enjoyed working on the project and learning how to use the power tools safely.

“I have also picked up life skills that I can apply in my future employment.”

A home owner who has benefitted from the scheme said: “It has given me a real boost.

“Everyone was very kind and considerate so thanks to all involved in this great project.”

Meanwhile, Foundation and 14-16 Alternative Provision learners have completed a Young Adult Fiction display for Huntingdon Library featuring artwork inspired by their favourite books.

Learner Josh Town said: “I really enjoyed working on this project and I am pleased that my artwork will be on display for the public to see.”

Groundworks Group Photo 27.04.16

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Pictured: Above – HRC learners support Groundworks East’s Green Aiders project.
Below – HRC learners proudly display their artwork at Huntingdon Library.

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