Belville run a community garden for the people of Greenock (East End), one of the poorest areas in Scotland. Apart from being a vital urban green space, they teach life skills such as cooking, gardening and DIY skills to young people who are excluded from or not engaging with the education system.
“We offer a safe nurturing space for young people to be their best self, help them rebuild confidence and get onto paths of attainment and employability.” (Ian McArthur, Chair of Trustees, Belville Community Garden Trust)
The charity will be benefitting from a £500 cash boost from McInvest which they intend to use to continue the success of their weekly group sessions.
“We will use the grant to help keep our popular Friday “Free Soup & a Blether” running where the local community can come and enjoy a lunch made mostly from fruit and veg donated by local supermarkets or grown in our gardens.” (Ian McArthur, Chair of Trustees, Belville Community Garden Trust)
The team at Belville would like to encourage people to use the facilities and activities at the community garden (e.g. Monday gardening club, Friday soup club) as well as offer general volunteering opportunities and even the chance to rent a large planter for just £50/year! If any of this might be of interest visit their site for contact information.