Week Three

Week three saw all of us getting stuck into our projects for the first time. Creativity was flowing, and lots of fun was had! Between us, we’re tackling quite a diverse range of projects:

Rachel and Sarah are working on the Operation Groundwork project at Boarshaw Clough, planning conservation and community engagement events. They’re especially excited about their upcoming Hallowe’en event!

James and Tawanda are working on the Warmer Home project, visiting local homes to provide advice about energy-efficiency measures to help householders to save money and energy.

Liz and Stephen are working on Shaw and Crompton Sundays, preparing a presentation for local schools and community groups to inform them of upcoming events. Their first event, Family Fun in the Woods, is taking place this Sunday.

Marc is working with the Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Group on a range of activities. He will be undertaking marketing and bid-writing tasks, and working on a community garden project.

Sharaz is working on a project designed to encourage younger people to engage with their community using digital means. He’s planning the development of an app which will allow young people to report sightings of instances such as anti-social behaviour.

Karen is working with the architecture team, working on construction drawings for a stone bridge which will form part of a natural play park. She is also helping to Photoshop a construction drawing for a BMX site at Mandale Park.

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to one of our VPA team during Week Three, as Sabrina left us to begin her Masters degree at Lancaster University. Best of luck, Sabrina, we’ll miss you!

On Thursday, the VPAs had their weekly meeting, with cake kindly supplied by Tawanda. We shared details of our new projects, discussed our Community Volunteering coursework and, perhaps most excitedly, planned our team trip to Brockholes nature reserve next week! We spent the rest of the morning learning about project planning, and in the afternoon, we had digital photography training, and learnt to use photo editing software.


One of James’ photos from the digital photography session

One of Sarah’s photos from the digital photography session


On Friday, we carried out conservation work at the Summit nature site, pruning, coppicing, and felling hazel trees. It’s satisfying work; we’re already starting to see a huge difference in the site after just two weeks! Tired but happy, we arrived back at Groundwork looking forward to another great week on the VPA scheme.


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