Team of young volunteers to improve local sites in Huntingdon

11/07/2016

Six young volunteers have teamed up to create better places for Huntingdon locals whilst improving their own prospects.

The volunteers have enrolled on the Green Team, a project run by community charity Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and funded by Huntingdonshire County Council, Urban & Civic and North Herts Council.

Over the course of 14 weeks, the team of six will spruce up various sites in Huntingdonshire. At the end of the project they may even be rewarded with a job with Huntingdonshire District Council or at Alconbury Weald.

The Green Teamers will begin the project at St Neots Riverside car park where they will tidy up the area before constructing raised beds, to brighten up the space for visitors. The team will then revamp the outdoor area at St John’s Primary School Oxmoor, to give the children a better space to play and learn.

Not only will they get valuable practical experience, they will also gain qualifications to help boost their job prospects: City & Guilds Level 1 Diploma in Practical Horticulture, City & Guilds Level 1 Award Employability Skills, Functional Skills in Maths and English and a CSCS card.

This is the first Green Team project run by Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough in partnership with the council, but it is not the first for Groundwork as a whole. Green Teams have taken place in Hertfordshire, Luton & Bedfordshire and Essex for several years, with the teams gaining recognition for their achievements and improvements to local areas.

Andrea Finbow, Employment and Community Project Supervisor, Groundwork Cambridgeshire & Peterborough said: “We are really excited to be starting a Green Team in Cambridgeshire. Previous teams in other areas have benefitted greatly from the project, whilst giving back to their local community, and we’re looking forward to extending this success into Cambridgeshire.”

For more information on the Green Team project please contact andrea.finbow@groundwork.org.uk