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Benenden Healthcare takes on the York Cares Big Community Challenge

28th September 2012

Next week, a team of staff from leading health and wellbeing mutual organisation Benenden Healthcare Society, will be getting involved in the latest community project organised by York Cares.

This year’s Big Community Challenge will see volunteers from Benenden Healthcare and other businesses and schools from around York coming together to help transform the overgrown grounds of Haxby Road School into a practical resource for the local community.

The three-day project will turn an overgrown former playing field into a space which will be used by Haxby Road School pupils as an outdoor classroom and as well as community gardens for the local residents where they can grow a variety of fruit and vegetables. Located in the heart of the community, the renovated site can also be used by local families, the nearby scout group and the NHS community unit, Archways.

Amy Goodman, Media Relations Executive said, ‘Our staff are really looking forward to getting involved in this latest York Cares project which will make a real impact on the local community – turning a previously overgrown space in a fantastic communal resource which many people will get great benefit from. 

‘Benenden Healthcare Society has been actively involved with volunteering through York Cares for the past couple of years and we have already participated in a variety of great projects. These are fantastic experiences for our staff to get involved and help out in the local community and they really do get a lot out of taking part. It is great to see so many local businesses who are willing to get involved to make a difference in the community. ’

Volunteers across the three-day project will be tackling various  practical activities such as building raised beds, cutting back hedges and creating pathways to make the site accessible for primary school children and residents from NHS Archways.

The teams will be supported by volunteers from Evora Construction, the Greenfields Community Association and Edible York who promote the creation of public spaces in the city where food can be grown locally and sustainably.

For further information on York Cares visit www.yorkcares.co.uk

 

 

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