Pitch in to help Hartlepool allotment grow

Can you help?
Can you help?

A community allotment in Hartlepool - which aims to improve the lives of disabled and disadvantaged people - is looking for new volunteers.

Waverley Terrace Allotment is holding an open event next week as part of a drive to find people aged between 16 and 69 who would benefit from volunteering with the council-run project.

It will also give the public a chance to have a look around and find out more about the scheme. The open event will be held at the allotment on Thursday, August 31, between 2pm and 4pm.

Representatives from Volunteer Hartlepool will be on hand to discuss volunteering opportunities, both at Waverley Terrace and across the town.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, chair of Hartlepool council’s Regeneration Services Committee, said: “This is a tremendous project that provides a healthy, safe environment in which people can develop confidence and gain practical skills that make them more independent and self-reliant.

“I would urge anyone who feels they would benefit from working voluntarily in such a therapeutic setting to come along to the open event.”

Two years ago the allotment received £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to help its development.

Jon Wright, the council’s Promoting Change Transforming Lives project co-ordinator, added: “The training and support provided through the project can help individuals to progress onto further training, community activity or employment. There is a range of tasks that can be carried out on the three acre site and these can be tailored to a person’s individual needs to help them achieve their personal goals. I hope that people come along to the open event and discover for themselves what a great place the Waverley Terrace Allotment site is.”

Anyone unable to attend can call (01429) 857080 or visit www.volunteerhartlepool.org.uk.