VPA week 7

For this week it’s me, Rhiannon who will be updating you all on all the exciting things us current VPA’s have been up to last week.


Above is a photo of my self taken last Friday the 15th of March whilst I was out with another VPA called Steve identifying tree’s and identifying their approximate age whilst visiting Tandle Hill country park in Royton.

On Monday, I first had a meeting with Sam Eccleston, who works for Near Neighbours in Clarksfield and we were promoting a herb garden that has been set up on Arundel Street in Clarksfield for residents to grow herbs, flowers and possibly vegetables and fruit within the sometime this year when the weather gets better. We promoted this by knocking on doors and speaking to neighbours face to face and explaining to them what we were doing. Later on that day, I attended a meeting with Dave who is the Chair of NEON (Networking in East Oldham Neighbourhoods) and discussed an event that we were planning for Saint Georges Day on the 21st of April at Mahdlo in Oldham.

On Tuesday, I went around Littlemoor and took round leaflets promoting sessions that were running at East Oldham District Town Hall as well as worked on an action plan that I had made for a meeting with residents to do a litter pick around their area.

On Wednesday, I worked on a stall with my colleague Anne Fleming from Oldham Council at a roadshow at the Civic Hall in Oldham giving advice and leaflets to people on “How to make the most of your money”.

Kyle: Throughout this week, Kyle was busy working on the warmer homes project, particularly with the planters in Heywood.

Kyle had an interview and got a job with the NEET Team – congrats Kyle!

Dan:  Dan went door knocking in Smallbridge working with contractors to fit drought excluders, radiator foils etc. The project is going well with demand outweighing supply, so future funding looks promising. He also found a tenant willing to be part of a case study. He also attended a waste water consultation for a soap factory.

Jo: Interviewed the new VPA’s

  • Thomas Baxter – starts on Monday to fill Sairah’s place on the landscape project
  • Ashley O’Donnahue – will be filling in for Kyle on the contracts team

She ran a VPA promotion event and made connections with Mahdlo Youth Centre, who are keen to team up with Groundwork OR. The waterways mapping project is progressing well, with lots of trained volunteers covering plenty of ground.

Ben: Ben worked on the Boarshaw management plan. He also helped to standardise the countryside skills course content.

Steve: Steve went to Tandle Hill in Royton to so some Tree ID work last Friday. The hedge-laying that he’s been working on with others in Irkside has now been completed. He’s now progressing with dead hedging of fallen trees and maintenance of pond area. He attended an internal auditing workshop and may be helping assist with part of an internal audit. He also went to an Energy Efficiency in the workplace workshop run by Groundwork at GMCVO in Manchester.


Here is a picture of Steve taking part in identifying and giving approximate ages to tree’s at Tandle Hill on Friday 15th of March.

This Thursday coming on the 28th of March, we are all off to Offshoots in Burnley – It should be a great day, depending on the weather!


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