Parents and children dig in for Volunteer Month

Volunteer Month has seen a range of volunteering activities across the borough from health activities, allotment planting and helping those that are lonely or isolated in the community.

Young volunteers from Dearne Highgate Primary School have been maintaining and taking ownership of Dearne allotments on George Street, Goldthorpe. The young volunteers have planted and looked after flowers to make into hanging baskets and have gained new skills from growing their own vegetables. As a reward for their hard work, the volunteers have been able to sample the vegetables they have grown at home.

There are still plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer at the Dearne allotments with weekly sessions being held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Regular volunteers include adults with learning difficulties who are on site growing, planting and selling their produce to increase sustainability and maintain the grounds.

As part of the Dearne Ward Alliance’s priorities to provide jobs, training and life skills, the allotments on George Street, Goldthorpe will be hosting a Level 2 Award for Food Safety in Catering training session on Tuesday 17 July at 9.15am to 4pm. The award is funded by Big Lottery Funds.

Cllr Jenny Platts said: “It’s wonderful to see young people taking part, volunteering not only helps your local community but can also provide valuable skills and training for young people across the borough. I would encourage everyone to get involved as it’s a great way to give back to your community and learn new skills.”

More information on volunteering opportunities throughout Volunteer Month can be found by visiting www.barnsley.gov.uk/volunteermonth.

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