The farm is a charity-run organisation on a small piece of countryside in the heart of the City of Nottingham. It offers a variety of projects for groups of people who struggle to access community facilities and enter the job market. These groups include adults with learning disabilities or mental health issues and young people with special educational needs.
The volunteers painted fences, cleared pathways and carried out general maintenance of the gardens for the makeover, which will help to improve safety and access for visitors with disabilities and mobility needs and enhance the learning environment for those who attend the farm for education and work experience.
Nicola Stranks organised the day with support from Volunteering Matters – a charity that works in partnership with National Grid to coordinate high-quality volunteering activities for employees.
Reflecting on the experience Nicola Stranks said: “Although it was extremely wet throughout the morning, as can be seen in the photos, the team stayed in good spirits and were happy with what we had achieved.”
“It was great to get involved in a project that is so valuable to the local community and gives great opportunities for adults and children with learning disabilities.”
Line managers who are interested in improving team-working skills can sign up for a community action day – both environmental and skills-based team volunteering challenges are available. Simply complete the registration form or contact Michelle Lester to find out more.