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Green-fingered young adults transform community allotment
Tuesday, 3th March 2015
A GROUP of enthusiastic young people rolled up their sleeves to
transform a community allotment for the benefit of people with learning
The members of Bishop Auckland’s Prince’s Trust Team
programme took on the ambitious challenge at the South Church Lane Allotments.
It forms part of a 12-week course, delivered by Stockton
Riverside College, which sees unemployed young people take part in a series of
tasks and challenges, to help them gain skills and confidence to find a job or
Team leader Peter Ahmed said: “Revamping the allotment was a
particularly tough challenge, which has taken a lot of hard work.”
The allotment will be used by service users of Innovations, a
day care service providing leisure, learning and employment opportunities for
adults with learning disabilities.
Funding from North Star Housing and Barclays, cash raised by the
team members, together with generous discounts from the town’s Homebase and
Jewson store allowed for a complete overhaul.
The Cornforth Partnership offered some tips on how to put the
space to best use and, in two weeks, the Prince’s Trust Team dug out the
allotment, making way for a wheelchair suitable path and hand rail, painted the
surrounding fencing and woodwork, and installed a three stage composting
A large leisure shed is also expected to be installed shortly.
Innovations’ Hazel Kennedy said: “It will make a massive
difference to our service users, in particular making the facility far more
accessible to those who use wheelchairs and walking frames.”
NEW learning skills centre for adults with disabilities has been opened in Bishop Auckland.
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