Children at the Kids’ Club in St Mary have been given a helping hand in cultivating their green fingers. Volunteers from RBC Wealth Management last week transformed an empty field at St Mary’s Youth & Community Centre into a vegetable garden for the children.
Kids’ Club manager Tina Lamar-Taylor said: ‘For years we’d been wanting to have a vegetable patch for the children, but with limited resources we never managed to get round to doing it. Now we’ve got two mini allotments and raised beds for growing fruit and veg. We’ve planted peas, melons, strawberries and corn, to name but a few. We’ve even got a scarecrow. The children are delighted and it’s a huge opportunity for them to learn new skills.’
The garden is proving so popular that it is being shared by the pre-school and by classes at St Mary’s School. Mrs Lamar-Taylor said: ‘It’s already been a source of inspiration for the children. Some are coming to school early to water and tend to plants. Others are researching crop rotation and growing conditions. And we’re planning for the future too – we’d like to install a greenhouse and a water barrel for irrigation. The volunteer team from RBC Wealth Management had such a fantastic attitude – they’ve really left us with a great resource that will grow and grow for years to come.’
The project was undertaken by a total of 14 volunteers, made up from RBC Wealth Management staff, along with friends and family members. Their efforts were boosted by a special grant for staff who support a registered charity in May with a community team project, as Helen Romeril, Securities Development Manager – RBC Wealth Management explained:
‘The RBC Day of Service Grant provides a charitable donation of C$1,000, or just over £600, in recognition of a group of staff who volunteer for at least four hours ahead of National Volunteers’ Week. The aim of the initiative is to encourage the spirit of volunteerism and enrich the community by making available resources that wouldn’t otherwise exist.
‘The project at the Kids’ Club was a true celebration of volunteer work – it allowed many different people from across our business to come together and make a difference in the local community. There was a terrific atmosphere on the day and, even though we weren’t all expert gardeners by any means, we were genuinely pleased by what we’ve managed to achieve.’
National Volunteers’ Week is marked from 1st until 7th June across the UK. The RBC Wealth Management team carried out the project on 26th May.