VPA final team trip!


For the last day of the VPA Programme our volunteers chose to go to Platt Fields Park Fun Fair for their celebration day! We arrived at the park in time for an ice cream and a leisurely game of Kubb before heading over to the fair go on lots of rides.



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We finished the day with a delicious curry in Rusholme. It’s been another fantastic team of Graduate volunteers and we look forward to hearing from you all soon to let us know what you are doing next!



Final Presentation

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So we had a final presentation to tell our families and the staff at Groundwork what we have achieved over the past 3 months! Everyone enjoyed TJ’s amazing DVD which we will try to upload if the old computers allow it! Here we all are proudly accepting certificates from the ED, Cliff Ellison.



Final Presentation

The team with their certificates

The Spring Summer VPA team have now completed their 12 week placements.

The team presented their work to staff, family and friends at Groundwork on Friday 22nd July.

Sarah Lewington worked with the Communities team. Sarah planned and organised activities and coursework for the Derker Community Action team, assisted the Neighbourhood Community Involvement Skills team, researched and developed guided walks for the Reservoir Trails project and organised a plant survey of Boarshaw Clough for the VPA team.

Matt volunteered with the Communities team at Groundwork. Matt worked with the Neighbourhood Community Involvement team reviewing the programme and organising activities for residents to get involved with. Matt also worked on the Reservoir Trails project, planned a team day for the Princes Trust Programme with games and a BBQ at Boarshaw Clough.

Leanne Turner was a Community Project Assistant at Groundwork. Leanne assisted with the Reservoir Trails Project, NCIS, DCAT as well as writing a heritage lottery fund bid for Jubilee Nature Site and assisting Land with a planning application for an allotment site.

Sarah Laverty volunteered with the Education team on the Fresh Foods for Fresh pupils project. Sarah also created a fruit growing pack to distribute to local schools

Christian Knight was a volunteer on the Jubilous Jubilee project. Christian was responsible for researching and setting up a Friends of Group for the site, creating a blog site and planning Dog Waste composting bins to reduce the problem on site. Christian organised activities for the NCIS group and created marketing materials.


Liam Johnson volunteered on the Digital Inclusion Project and also supported the Princes Trust Team to source work placements for young people


Alice Kay volunteered with the Education team on the Fresh Foods for Fresh foods project. Alice created and delivered lessons, a growing pack for the retro fit house project and marketing materials for the Conservation work at Boarshaw Clough


Mohammed Jawad volunteered on the Fresh Foods for Fresh pupils project and designed a wildlife garden for a local school

After the nerve wracking presentation was complete the team enjoyed an afternoon of Mountain biking up at Hollingworth Lake followed by a meal out in Manchester! We wish all the team the best of luck for the future and hope to see you all soon!

Volunteer day, presentation and cakes

The cakes were made on Thursday afternoon by Liam and Sarah ready for those in attendence for the VPA presentations, they went down a treat. We had rice krispy cakes, choclate cake, coffee and walnut cake and choc chip muffins.

As for the presentations they went really well and it seemed like all those who were there learnt a little bit more about what we are all up to. Liam spoke about what he had achieved on his digital inclusion programme so far, Christian about his plans for constructing the “Friends of Jubilee park” group, Sarah Lav and Alice went through the work they had done so far on the food growing and Matt and Leanne summarised the project about the reservoirs and what they had done so far to help out on volunteer programmes going on in groundwork.

It was well attended we practically filled the boardroom , there was very little cake left but im sure we will finish it quickly.


After my health and safety training in the morning, Matt, Leanne and I escaped the office yesterday to join the DCAT team at their celebration BBQ, with activities for the local children.  After manning the hook the duck stall, Matt joined us at the arts and crafts table with disasterous consequences!  Whilst making a bird scarer to protect the newly planted flowers, he cut his hand- with plastic safety scissors!  I think we might need a risk assessment specially for him…

Sarah Lew