Thank you to the National Lottery and IKEA for £5,000 to regenerate our volunteer shed at The Outdoor Learning Centre! 

We are incredibly excited to announce that we have been awarded funding as part of the Places Called Home Programme. This funding  will be used to renovate a currently disused out building at our Outdoor Learning Centre in to dedicated space for our current and future volunteers

Our current Gardening Club volunteers will help to build the volunteer shed which will become a place to feel at home, to shelter from the weather, share knowledge, create friendships, and recharge with a cup of hot tea or soup. This will not only support our volunteers but will also benefit the children and young people we work with now and in the future.

Emma Ackerman, Funding Strategy Director at The National Lottery Community Fund said:“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that we can build on the energy and creativity we’ve seen to make stronger communities and a better everyday life. We’re delighted that together with IKEA and National Lottery players we have been able to support this across the UK with our pilot partnership and funding announced today.”

Hege Saebjornsen, Partnership Advisor at Ingka Group said:The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated how fragile the world is, reinforcing the need for collective resilience - for our neighbourhoods, our communities and our planet. Through this programme, we have an opportunity to make sustainable and healthy living accessible and affordable for everyone while also unleashing the skills, energy and enthusiasm of communities to take part in making a difference every day.”