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Volunteers recognised for making their communities better

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Enderby community garden scheme wins in award ceremony

The efforts of volunteers who give up their time to make a difference to their communities have been celebrated at an awards evening.

The awards were first launched in 2004 to recognise and reward individual excellence, team achievement and to publicly thank those people who work tirelessly ‘behind the scenes’ as unsung heroes.

Four individuals and one group were each awarded £500 at Blaby District Council’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.

A £250 prize was given to all of the runners-up.

Ian Patterson, 70, from Countesthorpe, won an award for making Blaby district a safer place by volunteering at the Youth Offending Service for nearly 10 years.

Ian told local media:

“I was surprised when I was nominated for the award and delighted to actually win it. I don’t regard what I do as hard work otherwise I wouldn’t do it, but it’s great to be recognised for helping young people.”

Calum Loades, 17, from Thorpe Astley, won the award for outstanding achievement by a young person.

He volunteers with Braunstone Town Youth Council, Blaby Police Volunteers and Your Thorpe Astley community group.

Community garden A Place To Grow, in Enderby, was given the award for the community or voluntary group that improves the quality of life for residents in Blaby.

Joy May, 58, from Glen Parva, won an award for selfless services to a social or environmental cause.

Stoney Stanton football club chairman Ashley Vineham won the award for sporting achievement after more than 20 years helping the club.

Runners-up included Luke Daines, Braunstone Town Watchers, Heather Barnacle, Chris Fulton, Charlotte Broughton and 4Ward Strokes.

The event and prizes were funded by corporate sponsors including Ford & Slater, Bardon Aggregates, Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce, Sytner Group, Leicester Marriott, Fosse Shopping Park, Grove Park Commercial Centre Ltd. View sponsor info here.


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Open day at Enderby’s award winning community garden

A community garden scheme in Enderby is holding its annual open day on Tuesday June 21.

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Community garden scheme is holding its annual open day on Tuesday June 21

A Place to Grow, on Mill Lane, was originally started in 2006 to help people with mental health problems, but now provides support for a range of groups across Blaby district including people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

The aim of the project is to increase physical activity through gardening and to promote a better understanding of the contribution outdoor exercise can make to a healthy life.

Staff, volunteers and service users at A Place to Grow work closely together to grow organic fruit and vegetables, cultivate compost and recycle.  It’s a green project with a lot of heart.  Since the project began in 2006 it has helped many people suffering with a wide range of mental health problems, access gardening sessions and aid recovery.

People visiting the garden will get a chance to look around the two and a half acre organic site, take part in fun activities and get an understanding of how the scheme benefits the local community.

A Place to Grow is part of Community Action Blaby District’s Sporting Change project and is run in partnership with Blaby District Council.

Abdul Asghar, Sporting Change project leader said:

“The garden looks fantastic in June so the open day is a great chance for local people to come and see how this community project has blossomed since it started off as a field of weeds five years ago.”

Around 300 people out of every 1,000 experience mental health problems each year in Britain.

Sarah Heeley volunteers at the project, she said:

“Our garden is a safe, supportive and happy place to be. Everyone gets stuck in, whether it is wheeling barrows or planting trees.  I’ve gained so much from being involved and I can see by the reactions of others how much this garden means to them.”

The event is open from 11am – 3pm at the far end of Enderby Leisure Centre car park.

For more information contact Community Action Blaby District on 0116 272 7670.

A Place to Grow is holder of the Keep Britain Tidy Green Pennant Award and runner up in the Guardian Services Awards 2009.  Anyone who would like to support the project through donations or volunteering should contact (0116) 2727670.


Local Groups

Dig This!

Local GroupsOriginally published 2nd March 2011

A call is going out for local volunteers to take part in a project that will rejuvenate an area of Enderby currently perceived as neglected …but with the potential to become sustainably pleasing to the eye.

It’s all part of a drive by the newly formed “Pride in Enderby Forum“, which brings together local residents and members of local voluntary organisations in the community to promote sustainable living together with a general sense of pride in Enderby.

As one of its initial projects, the Forum has identified the ground in front of the M.P.K. Filling Station on Cross Street as a candidate for visual improvement. To this end, it would welcome offers of help to prepare the ground and subsequently plant some seeds. The desired outcome would be to create an attractive display over the summer.

Ideally, planting would take place in early April, so Saturday March 19th has been pencilled-in for the work to prepare the ground.

Anyone who has access to gardening equipment or could simply spare a little time on March 19th would be most welcome to attend in order to get this project off to a flying start.

Offers of help – and for more information, please contact 07793 551401.

Associated links

» Leicestershire & Rutland Rural Community Council [Cutting Carbon]