Green-fingered helpers for senior citizens

Green Aiders volunteer from Luton community charity Groundwork

Green Aiders volunteer from Luton community charity Groundwork

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Help is at hand for elderly and disabled Luton gardeners – thanks to community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire.

A team of Green Aiders will provide a free one-off service from May to October, taming 50 gardens in the process.

Work will be carried out in two-and-a-half-hour sessions by Groundwork staff and volunteers.

The charity runs a training scheme enabling people with learning disabilities and other vulnerabilities to become Green Aiders. They – under Groundworks’ supervision – will offer a rescue service for vulnerable householders whose gardens have fallen into disrepair.

The aim of the project is to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable and disabled adults.

Director of public health Gerry Taylor said: “A well maintained garden can help to reduce the threat of crime and anti-social behaviour.”

> For more information call Christian on 01582 720147 or email Christian.Iszchak@groundwork.org.uk