VIVO Care Choices' green team is giving people with learning disabilities the chance to take part in outdoor projects they love and help the community at the same time.

The team has been carrying out various projects since it was launched last summer and helped to transform the Grange Community Primary School in Winsford.

The aim is to turn volunteering opportunities into supported employment opportunities as the team continues to expand.

Nicola, a member of the green team, said: “We all enjoy it. We do a lot of digging and it can be hard work, but it is a lot of fun.”

Donna Dobson, senior support worker and green team coordinator, said: “The team has been supporting local parks, schools and churches to develop gardens, allotments and generally tidying up.

“It’s all about finding people who enjoy going out in the community to support different projects.

“They really enjoy their time when they’re out and about and it helps them learn many different skills.

“The end results of some of our projects have been fantastic and you can really see how the team’s work is going to benefit the local community."

“We’re growing all the time and we’re always on the look out for new projects to get involved with.”

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Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA), in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, is running a year of volunteering campaign, aiming to raise the profile of volunteering and increase the number of opportunities available across the borough. CWVA’s volunteer-matching website helps people find the right opportunity for them and each month during the campaign will focus on a different theme.

February has been labelled environmental month to tie in with the council’s climate emergency campaign, and the green team’s efforts show how people can make a big difference in their community.

Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) represents the voluntary and community sector in west Cheshire and helps to connect charitable organisations, businesses and volunteers. It offers support around good practice, volunteering, funding and forming partnerships with local businesses to name a few areas.

The year of volunteering campaign, in partnership with CWAC will link in with many organisations in the voluntary and community sector and allow them to share their volunteering offer.