Volunteers refresh grounds at Goscote Greenacres

Last updated: 22/03/2017 14:47:10


A team of 40 volunteers from A.F. Blakemore donated a week of works time to maintain grounds at Walsall Council’s Goscote Greenacres Community Gardens.

Goscote Centre support adults with physical and learning disabilities, the site is also utilised by local residents, school groups and others from social care and inclusion communities.

The volunteers built raised beds for people with disabilities to grow their own produce, cleaned up the canal area and built a new pizza oven which will be used during event and open days throughout the summer.

Business in the Community worked in conjunction with Walsall Council to co-ordinate the project.

Paul Mason, Walsall Council Community Development Officer at Goscote Greenacres said: “I’m so pleased to see the transformation A.F. Blakmore has achieved in just one week. I would like to thank the team for all their help; they have made a real difference to their local environment and their community.”

Liz Bell, Community Affairs Officer at A.F. Blakemore said: “I am delighted to see the work our volunteers have achieved this week. As a business with strong links in the local community, it is great for our employees to get out of their normal work environment and work as a team. I believe that volunteering in the community is a fantastic way for our employees to learn new skills that they can take back to the workplace and I would encourage more businesses to get involved.”

The team volunteered at Goscote Greenacres from March 13 to March 17.

To take part in corporate volunteering contact Jayotika Patel from Walsall Council’s Communities and Partnerships team at pateljay@walsall.gov.uk