"It’s great to see Hull Road Park being given a new lease of life right before our eyes and we hope everyone involved with York Flourish can now enjoy the space to its full potential.”

Monica Green, The Partners Group

 
 
 
 

Meeting the community challenge

The Partners Group swapped PR for pitchforks and releases for rakes earlier this month the team rolled up their sleeves to take part in the annual York Cares Big Community Challenge.
 
The Partners volunteers were among an estimated 270 volunteers from local businesses, the community and Osbaldwick Primary School who got involved in the challenge.
 
This year, employee-volunteering charity York Cares was working with City of York Council and York Flourish, a local community organisation that runs projects for people with dementia, to breathe life into Hull Road Park over three days starting on Tuesday 11 October.
 
Tasks assigned to groups during the event included converting a disused showroom into a tool store, building 10 raised beds, planting 12 trees and moving over 30 tonnes of top soil and manure.

Eager to get stuck in on the first day of the challenge, the team from Partners - which has been shortlisted in the Socially Responsible category of the 2016 York Press Business Awards - spent a productive afternoon digging a flower bed for rose bushes, as well as reclaiming footpaths.  
 
Partners Group director Monica Green commented: “We have taken part in several Big Community Challenges now, but this might have been the toughest yet! It’s great to see Hull Road Park being given a new lease of life right before our eyes and we hope everyone involved with York Flourish can now enjoy the space to its full potential.”
 
York Flourish said: "It is so important for people with dementia to have somewhere to be sociable with others and to have a purpose doing something. The Big Community Challenge has not only made the park more beautiful but it has opened up new areas that our group can work in and benefit from. Our volunteer gardeners are so proud of this park and they're all so excited by the transformation over the last few days. Thank you so much to everyone involved.”

For more information about York Cares visit www.yorkcares.co.uk.
 

 
    
 
 

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