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Leeds Company Graft Garden For Community Project

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Leeds-based property consultant GVA has teamed up with local organisation Leeds Ahead to hold a team activity day on behalf of Holbeck Elderly Aid.

As part of GVA's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, 17 keen employees spent a day transforming an overgrown garden courtyard back into a blank canvas for designers to transform into a garden of peace, designed for the use of members and supporters of Holbeck Elderly Aid.

Jon Anderson, director of GVA's Building Consultancy Team, comments: "We were really pleased with how the day went; everyone rallied together and worked hard to get the garden back into order.

"I'm really proud of the team - this was a much bigger job than we first expected but it didn't phase them and they really put their back into the task at hand. Once the garden has undergone its design make-over I'm sure it will make a real difference to Holbeck Elderly Aid, and the local community that they support.

"We recognise the importance of supporting our local communities and days like this are great in demonstrating the social value of a bit of hard graft and determination."

Lesley Thornton, Volunteering Manager at Holbeck Elderly Aid, thanked the GVA volunteers and said: "the team performed over and above what we could have expected in the timescale they were given."

Holbeck Elderly Aid provides a variety of services to support and enhance the life of Older People (60 or over) living in a geographically defined area within the Leeds 11 Ward. These services range from Welfare application checks and advice to day trips, outings and festivities.

The project to create the garden of peace is the latest in a series of community-supporting partnerships formed by GVA. Earlier this year, GVA redecorated the Stainbeck United Reform Church Hall in Leeds in a single day while last November saw a GVA volunteer team complete a garden makeover for the same Church. 


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