A Carmarthen family centre is on the hunt for an experienced gardening enthusiast to help out on its allotment.
Staff and users at Ty Hapus need guidance on growing fruit and vegetables at their base in Parc Hind.The volunteer would need to be knowledgeable on running an allotment and able to give expert advice on growing and maintaining the produce.In return the volunteer will be offered a growing space of their own rent free. The space would be maintained by the centre staff and after school club children but the volunteer would be expected to liaise with the centre on occasions.
Dad’s group support worker, Anthony Dragone said: “We are looking for someone experienced who would be able to guide us in the right direction of growing our own fruit and veg.
“We want to start from scratch and know how to raise beds, to grow from seed and to maintain healthy growth.
“The after school club children will be playing a big part in the start up and growing process and we are looking to give them an incentive by growing their own pumpkins. It gets them out in the fresh air whilst at the same time giving them the experiencing of growing.”
Family centres were set up to provide families with support in areas of need. Parents are offered courses on various subjects including language and play, healthy eating, computer courses, parenting courses etc. Families are provided with a range of activities including craft, family fun days out, outdoor play, lunch clubs and much more. Each centre is unique in design and they offer a safe space, where the individual needs of children, parents and carers are supported.
Ty Hapus is supported by Carmarthenshire County Council’s community challenge campaign.
The council’s deputy leader Cllr Pam Palmer said: “Family centres are a lifeline for some people and they rely on the support given to them. If anyone has the time to give to this worthy project, it will not only provide an opportunity for them to grow their own produce, but to pass on their experience to the younger generation by showing them how to grow effectively.”
If you are interested in volunteering contact Anthony Dragone on 01267 223020.
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