Allotment Project Rekindled By Lottery Grant

A Tyneside community garden project will continue to run, thanks to a cash injection from the National Lottery.

The Holder House Allotment Project, based in the Shields, has been given the £10,000 grant by the Big Lottery fund. The money will now be used to help with the running costs of the project’s Saturday Morning Club.

The money was granted following a successful bid by the allotment project, meaning that the popular Saturday morning sessions will be able to start up again in the New Year. The club, which is aimed at young carers and their brothers and sisters, enables participants to learn more about horticulture and animals.

It also gives the youngsters a chance to hone their craft skills and take part in sporting activities, giving them the chance to enjoy some free time away from the pressures of acting as carers.
The Holder House Allotment Project has also been donated a further £1,000 by West Shields Community Area Forum.

Chris Convery, project manager at Holder House, said: “The Saturday morning club has proved to be a real hit with the kids, so the news our bid to the Big Lottery fund was successful is great news.”

He continued: “Our sessions start up again in January and having this funding behind us does help to ease the financial pressure.”

During the week, the allotment plot is used by adults who suffer from learning difficulties. It is home to a range of polytunnels which are used to grow plants and crops. There is also a vegetable patch on site along with a cabin-cum-classroom, and a chicken coop.

Mr Convery launched the Saturday Morning Club with Helen Duffy, a direct payments manager with South Tyneside Council. The club will be relaunched some time in early 2015.

December 4, 2014 by : Posted in Promotions

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