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10th July 2018

Volunteering day hailed a success as 75 people helped transform Margaret Avenue in Colcot

BY: Nathan Spackman

A volunteering saw 75 people from Colcot in Barry unite to paint railings as part of an on-going project to revamp Margaret Avenue into a community garden.

The project is looking for volunteers to join a “Friends of Margaret Avenue” group, to ensure the area can be looked after and funding can be sought for future ideas.

The volunteers were also joined by a group of people from Texas, America, who were visiting Wales, to help with community projects, and an afternoon BBQ was organised for the group.

Community Investment & Involvement Officer, Mark Ellis said: “It was great to see the local community turning out in numbers to help out and we hope to continue with volunteering events during the summer”.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Community Investment Team, is responsible for developing a range of initiatives to engage tenants and enable them to gain new skills whilst building cohesive communities.

The group of volunteers at work.

They are looking to develop the site into a community and volunteer led project.

The team are working with Spice Time Credits, to manage the scheme in the Vale. A total of 68 time credits were handed out, allowing people to enjoy activities and opportunities in their communities.

The next stage is to paint the railings with coloured paint and this will take place later in the month with another volunteering day planned.

For further information about volunteering with the Margaret Avenue project or the Timebanking scheme, contact Shani or Mark, members of the Community Investment & Involvement Officers on 07813 068324.

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