We received some fantastic news earlier this week! The on-going community projects and work our young Preparing for Adulthood (PFA) learners have been doing locally around Shevington and Appley Bridge has obviously been recognised and we have been nominated and chosen as the recipient of Shevington and District Community Association Achievement Award. This is such an honour for us and has really given the young people a huge boost and a sense of pride and social responsibility. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 25th November at St Anne’s Parish Rooms.
At present the young people have been working at the ‘Meadow’s’ which is an area between the Canal and River Douglas in Appley Bridge. This is a beautiful spot which provides excellent walks and nature trails for the local residents, but a lack of available volunteers and funding over recent years has meant’ the area has become overgrown and in areas unaccessible to the public. At the beginning of October we became aware of this and our learners as part of their community action day on Thursday’s decided that they wanted to support this project and volunteer their time to re-develop it back into it’s original glory. They have already made a huge difference and have been cutting back trees and branches, re-developing paths and repairing benches and seating areas. It is a fantastic project for our young people that is making a real difference to their local community and in doing so they are developing skills around teamwork, land-based management and horticulture.