Digging Deep for a Good Cause

Professional Services Staff in the School of Planning and Geography held a cake sale, raffle and even a car wash at the Glamorgan Building to raise £275 for the RCMA Riverside Community Allotment in Cardiff. Then on 19th July, undeterred by one of the hottest days of the year, they spent a team-building day at the allotments clearing a derelict plot of land and preparing it for a seating and recreation area for allotment users.

Helen Spittle, the School Manager, said "This was a win-win project; we helped a local organisation, and it brought the professional services staff together in a way that doesn't happen during our busy day-to-day jobs".

The RCMA Riverside Community Allotment project engages with a wide range of people. The Project Manager, Sam Holt, provides support for volunteers at the site for two days per week, and more than 1100 people participated in their projects and activities during the last year! Many of their volunteers are from hard-to-reach groups including asylum seekers, people who are unemployed, have learning difficulties or physical disabilities. Others are motivated by the environmental aims, transition issues or a general desire to learn to grow their own food.