created by Rachel Stacey published on 29 August 2017

A community allotment project in Hartlepool is to stage a special event to enable people to find out more and get involved. 

The Hartlepool Council-led Waverley Terrace will open its doors to visitors 2pm - 4pm on Thursday 31st August. 

The project uses gardening and other outdoor activities to bring about positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities or those who are in ill health, vulnerable or disadvantaged.  It also enables unemployed people to get involved in voluntary work to impove their chances of finding employment. 

It received a huge boost in 2015 when it was awarded a £400,000 Big Lottery Fund grant, the money since being used to provide the infrastructure and essential facilities required to enable the project to commence. 

The project is now looking for people aged 16-69 who would benefit from getting involved on a voluntary basis, to get in touch. 

The open event will allow people to look around the site and meet representatives from the project and Volunteer Hartlepool to discuss volunteering opportunities, both at Waverley Terrace and across the town. 

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Chair of Hartlepool Council's Regeneration Services Committee, said: "This is a tremendous project that provides a healthy, safe environment in which people can develop confidence and gain practical skills that make them more independent and self-reliant. 

"I would urge anyone who feels they would benefit from working voluntarily in such a therapeutic setting to come along to the open event. If they are unable to attend they can call (01429) 857080 or register their interest at www.volunteerhartlepool.org.uk 

Jon Wright, the Council's Promoting Change Transforming Lives Project Co-ordinator, added: "The training and support provided through the project can help individuals to progress onto further training, community activity or employment.  There is a range of tasks that can be carried out on the 3-acre site and these can be tailored to a person's individual needs to help them achieve their personal goals. 

"I hope that people come along to the open event and discover for themselves what a great place the Waverley Terrace Allotment site is."

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