Burntwood gardening initiative boosted by new £2,750 donation

A Burntwood-based gardening service has been boosted by a £2,750 grant.

Cherry Orchard Garden Services (COGS) provides job opportunites for people with learning difficulties by employing them to tend gardens of residents in the local area.

Matthew Ellis hands over the cheque to Brenda Tunstall

Matthew Ellis hands over the cheque to Brenda Tunstall

The money was awarded by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis through the People Power Fund.

Mr Ellis said: “Whilst working in my last role at Staffordshire County Council I had the privilege to launch this service. It’s great to return here and see how far things have come along – to see the work these people do and the passion with which they do it is fantastic.”

Brenda Tunstall, Team Leader at COGS, said they worked alongside the police and would put the money to good use.

“For a number of years we’ve worked with the area’s PCSOs who also recognise the extreme value of vulnerable residents’ gardens looking attractive and those with learning-disabilities gain social recognition and acceptance in their communities.

“Our plan is to broaden the areas where we can provide this service and we’d love to establish teams in other parts of the county – this funding will help us to increase the number of vulnerable residents we can support in the community.

“We would encourage people with a learning disability who enjoys working outdoors, being part of a team, gaining independence to get in touch. We would love to see them being part of the COGS’ workforce.”

The window for the next round of applications for People Power Funding runs until September 14. More details, including application forms are available online.

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