A torrential downpour first thing did not stop an enthusiastic group of 10 volunteers making a difference to the community centre in Wickham.
Simplyhealth is a large company based in Andover and in Winchester helping its clients and customers get the healthcare support they need. They take part in a rolling programme of volunteer events organised by Community First and were happy to answer the call for help from The Wickham Centre.
The Centre is keen to develop its community garden and make it a welcoming space for local people to enjoy. Split into two groups, the volunteers tackled different areas of the garden. One group cleared an area ready to be made into a sensory garden, the other cut back and planted up the garden outside the Wickham room, making it into a safe and welcoming space for families using the community café.
Steph Cohen, a volunteer from Simplyhealth said:
We’ve had a fantastic day spending time together as a team and helping The Wickham Centre. Clouds and rain didn’t dampen our enthusiasm and it has been very rewarding to see the difference you can make in just a few hours.
Kate Turnbull the Centre’s Volunteer Garden Manager said:
I am blown away by the amount of work that Simplyhealth has achieved for us. They have been so positive, their presence has had a massive impact here as passers-by have stopped and asked questions and have been interested in what we are doing. Thank you to Simplyhealth for volunteering your time and for making such a huge difference.
If you are a community project and would like the help of a business, or you are a business that would like to do something similar contact Rachel Taylor at Community First firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01730 774057.
Photo: The Volunteers from Simplyhealth