EVERYTHING in the garden is looking rosy for Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC).
The veterans group is helping to renovate a rundown garden at a resource centre for children and families, and has been successful in securing funding from a range of sources.
Most recently, TASC won £3,500 from the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust. This money followed a successful application for £2,000 from Tesco Bags for Help which paid for a polytunnel with a further £200 support from Tameside Rotary and Men in Sheds.
TASC’S engagement – which helps to reduce isolation among the veterans by getting them involved in the community – is also of great benefit to the children.
The youngsters comprise looked-after children and children with additional needs. These children and their parents or carers are provided with respite opportunities and activities.
Additionally, TASC undertakes a range of projects and mentoring for young people involved in anti-social behaviour.
The grant money will further enhance the garden renovation with a small petting area, outdoor planting beds, bird boxes and signage created by the young people but led by the veterans.
Much of this comes in response to requests from the children who have shown interest in having their own small animals to visit and care for.
The project will culminate in a celebration event in the summer of 2018.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s armed forces champion, said: “It is truly inspiring to see the way the young people – many of whom are from troubled backgrounds – are responding to our veterans and vice-versa.
“In a wonderful show of mutual support the two groups are helping each other. The outcome will be a garden area that both can enjoy and from which both can benefit.”
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