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Volunteers Needed For York Cares Big Community Challenge

Bell Farm

6:00am 8th September 2013

Volunteers are being urged to take part in the York Cares Big Community Challenge to revamp an adventure playground and provide facilities for parents and young children in the Bell Farm area of the city. 

The employee-volunteering charity is also asking local businesses to donate vital supplies and equipment including picnic benches, topsoil, paving slabs, paint and varnish for the challenge which takes place from 8th to 10th October at Bell Farm Adventure Playground, near Tang Hall.

Helen Green at York Cares explains: “Bell Farm is an area of York with limited facilities and is historically one of the most disadvantaged parts of the city. The Adventure Playground provides an open space, central to the local community. It is currently well used by 8-13 year olds but provides no facilities for parents with small children.

“The aim of the Big Community Challenge is to give a burst of support to the management committee of local residents who are desperate to see the space improved and turned into a multi-purpose area that can be used all year round by everyone.”

Under the guidance of Evora Construction, who will provide staffing and expertise, more than 150 volunteers from local businesses and schools will come together to build benches to create seating and picnic areas for families, construct and paint a shelter, create natural play areas and paved trails for young children, build raised beds for wild flowers, herbs and fruit, clear overgrow n vegetation and install artwork created by children who use the park

Teams of employees are being asked to volunteer for a three hour slot, either morning or afternoon on 8, 9 or 10 October.

Staffing and planning support for the project is also being provided by Northern Rail, City of York Council and the Bell Farm Management Committee.

The Big Community Challenge at Bell Farm is the latest in a series of successful makeover projects facilitated by York Cares.  Other projects include the creation of wildlife habitats and picnic areas at St Nicholas Fields in 2010 and the construction of Community Gardens at Westfield Primary School in 2011 while 201 2 saw the transformation of Greenfields, the old grounds of Haxby Road Primary School, into an outdoor classroom for pupils and community gardens for the local residents.

Businesses can volunteer in teams of up to 10 and you can download an application form from the York Cares website www.yorkcares.co.uk. Deadline for applications is Friday 20 September.

For enquiries on the challenge or donations of materials, call Helen at York Cares on 01904 323482 or e-mail info@yorkcares.co.uk.

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