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V Team partners with Growing Together again!


V Team partners with Growing Together again!

Further to attending a recent Community First ‘Cash & Coffee’ event held on Hayling Island recently, the local Growing Together project run by Hayling Island Horticultural Society, linked up with Community First’s V Team, a team of supported volunteers, to help them prepare school grounds for children at Mengham Junior and Primary schools and again at The Hayling College during Volunteers’ week.  The objectives of Growing Together are:

  • Enable adults and children to have fun and develop together.
  • Cross the intergenerational divide.
  • Offer children a healthy and productive extracurricular activity.
  • Instil an interest in plants and where food comes from.
  • Learn basic gardening and teamwork skills.

At the primary and junior schools, the V team helped dig over the ground, clearing weeds and shrubs to prepare for planting and also painted the school’s raised beds, managing to finish both schools in one day.

On the 2nd June The V Team and Growing Together cleared some of The Hayling College’s overgrown allotment of weeds and grass to enable their fruit bushes and herbs to grow successfully.  They will be going back at the end of July to help finish clearing the area. Growing Together were really pleased to get the work completed during the school holidays.  Bill Biggs of Growing Together said “The grounds were really overgrown and hard to dig over, but the V Team worked really hard and they achieved so much, we are very grateful to them”.

The V Team help with a wide range of community projects across Havant Borough including garden makeovers, befriending and conservation work.  Cash and Coffee events are informal drop in events held to help charities find sources of advice and funding.

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