Seaford College Community Service Day
Published by Emma Tedman for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
Residents on the Whyke Estate in Chichester, West Sussex are thrilled with the look of their spruced up gardens and communal areas thanks to the hard work of students from Seaford College and local volunteers who joined forces for a recent Student Community Service Day.
Seaford College, Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) Assist Volunteers and housing provider The Hyde Group (Hyde), arranged for around thirty students to help out on the day to pitch in clearing unwanted household items, and to get stuck into some gardening. Local resident Mrs Cox expressed her appreciation for the hard work helping to clear her garden, and noted such a nice bunch of boys and girls.
Sarah Buckley, Hyde Housing Officer and lead for the Whyke project, said: “It was a fantastic day! The volunteers worked very hard and achieved so much. Local contractors gave their labour free for the day which allowed us to use equipment like petrol strimmers and the heavy tools that for safety reasons couldn’t be provided to the students and other volunteers”.
Camilla O’Brennan, Hyde Tenancy Sustainment Officer for Chichester, said: “We are most grateful to all the volunteer staff and services who made this possible today, as so many of our residents are unable to work in their gardens, this will make such a difference. We are especially grateful to the contractors AMB Services who gave their expertise and provided the heavy equipment.”
“Items of equipment including; a lawn mower, garden spades, forks, rakes and shears have been donated to the ROC Assist Project managed by Doug Ross who will be key in continuing this work throughout the year. This project will provide tools for loan to a team of trained volunteers to use with residents to maintain gardens on an on-going basis.”
Paul Griffin, Seaford College said: “The Seaford College community action day is all about getting pupils out of school to give them new experiences and a wider perspective of the world in which we live. The students attending the Community Service Day at Whyke realised that the few hours they gave to a garden easily resolved a problem for someone less able due to frailty or disability, and the students spoke about the reward of helping to bring about change.
Whilst there are no easy fixes to complex social problems the pupils hope that they were able to make a small difference and show that many young people are compassionate and committed to their communities. This is the second successful year for the College volunteering at the Whyke Estate and plans are to continue this annual project, as well as look for other opportunities for partnership with local charities, statutory bodies and other community organisations.”