Give and Gain day
WRITTEN BY Local Partnerships
POSTED ON 13th May 2016
For the eighth year in a row, a team from Local Partnerships is taking part in the national Give and Gain day organised by Business in the Community. Their members work together to tackle a wide range of issues that are essential to building a fairer society and a more sustainable future. They hope to harness the power of volunteers from the business world to promote the three aims of the initiative which are to:
- Mobilise a large volume of volunteers in one day
- Increase awareness of importance of volunteering
- Normalise volunteering within the business world
In 2015, our team spent the day with the Doddington & Rollo Community Garden. We helped paint the interior of the community centre, weed the beds and plant vegetable seedlings and turn twigs and branches into wood chippings to be used as mulch. We were delighted to be invited back this year and are returning with an even bigger team including our new chief executive, Sean Hanson, who will be demonstrating that he has practical, as well as strategic, skills.
Doddington & Rollo Community Garden is a large roof garden in Wandsworth. Lack of resources meant that it was unused and the council handed over management of it to the Doddington & Rollo Community Roof Garden. In a great demonstration of community ownership of green assets, the dedicated local team has turned it into a fantastic urban garden producing fresh fruit and veg that in turn they use for healthy eating projects and events for children and other members of the local community – free of charge.
We look forward to tweeting on 20 May and to reporting back on our day helping out this very worthwhile community project.