St Helens Chamber Construction Students work with St Helens Mind to upgrade their allotment

21 Jan 2022


St Helens Chamber’s construction students have been back to St Helens Mind’s “A Place to Grow” allotment to lay more flags and create a space to hold a greenhouse which will be used to grow even more plants on the allotment.

Students Richard Bayliss and Jack Foulkes, supported by Construction Training Adviser Lee Starkey, supported St Helens Mind by taking care of everything from prep to laying flags; giving the students the chance to transfer the skills they developed in St Helens Chamber’s Construction Centre to a real-life project.

Neil Rigby, Young People’s Development Team Leader at St Helens Chamber, explained: “We’ve been working with St Helens Mind on the allotment project since last year and it’s a great way for the students to give back to the community while working on their practical skills.

“Last year students laid a patio, which people can use in the summer and this time they’ve been laying flags to put a greenhouse on. The local community in St Helens really got behind us on this project, donating flags to St Helens Mind – which was really appreciated.”

St Helens Mind have created the allotment as a space for people who require their support, who can have access to new experiences, support, fresh air, exercise, and company when they need it most. The allotment is open all year round and is accessible to anyone who wants to use it.

Lee Starkey, Training Adviser at St Helens Chamber, added: “We’re really proud of the work the students have done at the allotment, and it is great for them to put their skills into practice. They worked hard all day to make sure it was perfect and the staff at St Helens Mind are very pleased with the progress.

“I’m looking forward to going back and helping make more improvements to the allotment with the students.”

St Helens Mind need as much support as possible to continue doing their vital work and providing safe spaces such as the allotment and are asking for donations through the Tesco Community Grant. Support can be made through voting for the charity using blue tokens in St Helens Tesco stores with voting ending on 31st March 2022.

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