Green fingered volunteers lend a helping hand

10377-006Volunteers have kindly given their time to help brighten up a supported housing scheme in Birmingham with some winter planting.

St Eugene’s Court is our supported housing scheme that supports single men to move towards independent living.

Green fingered volunteers and some residents helped to add a splash of colour to the atrium area of the scheme by planting hanging baskets of winter pansies and geraniums

David Kelly who lives at St Eugene’s Court and volunteered at the event said: ‘I loved planting the new flowers in the atrium, it was very relaxing and we all had a fantastic time.’

The planting event was organised and supported by Spring to Life a community interest company which helps ordinary people realise their potential for emotional well-being, and supports those who help others. 

Philippa Allenby, Therapist at Spring to Life said: ‘Thanks to the volunteers who keep it watered and tended all year long the atrium at St Eugene’s Court provides a wonderful green growing space for residents to enjoy . Spring to Life aims to support people to be ‘active out of doors’ and to engage in well-being activities including gardening and walking in nature.  It is very therapeutic to be in touch with the natural, growing world.  We have been delighted that the volunteers have also attended our community allotment throughout the year.’

Geoff Lowe, who is the scheme manager at St Eugene’s added:  ‘It’s great for our customers to get involved, engage with each other and learn new skills. We are really proud of our partnership work with Spring to Life which is providing great opportunities for our customers.’

18th November 2016 | Customers and communities | Corporate News