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Springboard Futures join forces with The SARA project to help improve Southwick Green

5 Nov 2020

Our Springboard Futures Learners have joined forces with The SARA project to help improve the lives of those living and working in Southwick. SARA is a multi-agency project based within Southwick and amongst partner members are Northumbria Police, Gentoo and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue.

The learners joined a project to improve Southwick Village Green by planting flowers and bedding plants in time for this year’s Armistice commemorations.

Learner Angela said, “I really enjoyed working with The SARA Project. When we started there was just soil around the memorial. After we had finished a hard day planting, the area was really nice, and the memorial looks good.”

Springboard Futures lead Emma Carmody said, “Being an active and valuable member of the community is one of the key aims of Springboard. Improving the areas that we live and work in and supporting the community are fundamental to who we are and what we want to achieve. Working with SARA has been a fantastic experience for our learners, and we will be continuing this work in the future to deliver more community projects.”

Our learners along with others volunteers managed to plant 925 winter flowers on Southwick Green. Bare flower beds and planters have been transformed with Pansies and Violas in preparation for Remembrance Sunday.

A special thank you to the other volunteers from Gentoo Group, Southwick Neighbourhood Youth Project, Southwick Labour Action Team and Southwick Village Green Preservation Society. 

Also a big thanks to The Green Bean cafè on Southwick Green and Morrisons Seaburn Community Support for looking after us with refreshments.

This project was supported by Sunderland City Council’s North Area Committee.  

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