Cambridgeshire company, Greenvale, based in Floods Ferry March is supporting local charity FACET (Fenland Area Community Enterprise Trust) for the second year.
FACET, located in March provides Skills for Work and Independent Living Skills training for adults with learning and other disabilities including physical or sensory impairment, mental health problems or who are head injury victims. The training is designed to help the students to achieve their full potential in life through a range of activities including horticulture, sport, music, arts and crafts and woodwork enabling them to give something back to the community and, where possible, to live independently or in supported living as opposed to spending a lifetime in residential care.
The Greenvale Floods Ferry site supported the FACET centre last year, donating £600 towards the charity’s horticulture programme. This year, Greenvale is supporting FACET through a community garden scheme, supplying 20kgs of the company’s Vale Sovereign seed potatoes for the students to grow for their own kitchen, other vegetable seeds, 400 shrub plugs and a heated bench for propagating cuttings and hanging basket plugs.
Linda Ingram, CEO for FACET said: “We are delighted with the continued support from Greenvale. Engaging with local businesses like them is important not just in straightforward monetary donations but also the practical help and advice they can give.”
Rob Phillips, Operations Manager for Floods Ferry said: “Our staff at Floods Ferry feel close to the scheme and actively support it on a personal basis by buying garden furniture built at the centre or hanging baskets, bedding plants and vegetables propagated there.”
Rob also helped judging the applicants for a community garden scheme, under which four awards have been made; the gardens are now being completed by FACET.