Young Gloucestershire transforms Community House garden

Published on 8th May 2012

St Paul's residents look forward to improved community green space.

A fantastic new garden will greet visitors to the Community House in St Paul's this summer thanks to the hard work of 10 young people working as part of a joint project  from Young Gloucestershire and the Prince's Trust.

After hearing about the great work of this partnership Cheltenham Borough Homes (CBH) recruited the team of 16 - 25 year olds, to carry out a transformation of the rear garden at St Paul's Community House in Folly Lane.

The team will be responsible for all aspects of the project including the garden’s design, the labour and fundraising for materials.

Caroline Walker, Head of Community Services at CBH said: "We were delighted when the team of young people agreed to take on the transformation of the Community House garden. This is an excellent example of partnership working and we are pleased to be able to support the great work of the Prince's Trust and Young Gloucestershire in helping young people to gain new skills and grow in confidence.  

"The centre is a vital resource for the St Paul's community and residents are looking forward to enjoying spending time this summer in a new and inviting outdoor space."

Work started on Wednesday the 18th of April and the transformation took two weeks to complete. A special unveiling event to celebrate the transformation will be held on 18th May 2012.


Notes for editors

Prince's Trust:

  • Prince's Trust give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. They work with 13 to 30-year-olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
  • They have helped more than 600,000 young people since 1976 and support 100 more each working day.

Young Gloucestershire:

  • Young Gloucestershire is a youth work charity that operates throughout Gloucestershire. Their mission is to ensure that the young people of the county have the social and personal learning opportunities needed to help them grow and reach their potential.

Cheltenham Borough Homes:

  • CBH is one of the top rated ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisations) in the country. ALMOs are not for profit companies that run social housing services for their local council
  • Currently CBH manage and maintain around 5,000 tenant and leasehold properties with an overall satisfaction level of 85%, placing them in the top ten ALMOs nationally 
  • The organisation’s approach to community development and participation; governance and equality and diversity has been recognised as good practice nationally
  • CBH continue to develop excellent services by working closely with customers.  It will include building new homes and continuing to regenerate communities whilst tackling issues of worklessness and addressing social enterprise

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