NWCH framework contractors team up to volunteer in support of Manchester Charity Growing In The City
On Monday the 22nd of May, 43 volunteers from 11 NWCH framework contractors spent the day clearing and cutting back undergrowth and litter picking in support of East Manchester charity Growing In The City. The charity provides a social environment and support for people with mental health conditions within their neighbourhood.
This is provided through a range of activities such as growing projects, Men’s Shed, Barnabas Bees and other green initiatives. Volunteers were required to clear and clean up the grounds of the adjoining St Barnabas Rectory, in order for the charity group to begin work creating a ‘pocket park’ for use of the local community.
NWCH framework contractor support for Growing In The City started when Laing O’Rourke were constructing the local Beswick Community Hub, which was procured via the NWCH. Contractor BAM were also working in the local area, and joined forces to help create a community allotment for local residents to grow and pick fruit and vegetables.
The on-going involvement in Growing In The City is a great example of the legacy of Social Value, and how even though a project may end, benefit to the local community doesn’t have to.
The day was a huge success and the group achieved much more by collaborating as opposed to working independently. Whilst everyone’s efforts proved valuable, there is still a great deal of work required to create the community ‘pocket park’. With this in mind, future collaborative volunteering days are in the pipeline.