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Staff volunteer on community projects

Staff from Gloucester City Homes have been turning their hands to community projects in the annual Community Impact day following a year off due to Covid.

The event saw over 150 help on improvement works at a range of sites and even deliver two Cream Teas at Nightingale House and Broom House.

Mandi Holt, Community Investment and Engagement Lead at GCH, said: "It is really great to get back out into our communities following a year off. Community impact days are a big part of GCH and we are really pleased that the work benefits and can be enjoyed by so many local people. The projects this year were ambitious and the transformations made have been very impressive."

The projects include improving the outdoor area at Heron Primary School Work, including general gardening and painting play equipment and seating.

The team also built some new play areas including a mud kitchen. At The Lampreys, the team tidied up and painted and replanted numerous community planters to add some colour.

At The Phoenix Centre they completed a permanent outdoor gazebo in the outdoor area, providing a sheltered area for activities to take place.

Steve Long, Well-being Project Coordinator, said: "From the outset this was no easy task and without the commitment and professionalism of your team this job would have never been completed. The community will benefit greatly from the completion of this project."

At the James Hopkins Trust they carried out gardening and painting in the sensory garden to improve the facilities for the charities life limited and life threatened young children.

A team also completed a tidy up of the allotment area at Robinswood Primary School including rebuilding planters, building and painting a new shed, cutting hedges, planting and tidying in the memorial garden.

Bob Allen, Friend of Robinswood School, said: "A massive thank you to everyone involved in the transformation of the Robinswood garden project. I was amazed this morning when I looked at the hard work."

The teams expressed special thanks to Lovell, Novus for helping on the day, and to Buildbase Gloucester, Gloucester Carpet Outlet, Aqua and RES Design and Build for donating supplies to make the projects possible.

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