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United Living pledges £5000 to community allotment project

At United Living, we always aim fulfil our promises to our customers and the communities in which we operate. Our commitment to our social value supports various good causes and encourages employees to get involved with fundraising and volunteering.

In that spirit, United Living Property Services has pledged its support to the Back to Eden project at Heath Town allotments in New Park Village Wolverhampton, with a donation of £5000, which will be used to convert two formerly disused plots into a community garden with a shelter cabin.

Churches for Positive Change (C4PC), who are coordinating the project, which comprises Wolverhampton-based church pastors and community leaders, initiated the project back in November 2020, in response to the health inequalities prevalent among the African-Caribbean community, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The group acquired the two plots, which span around one acre, to create a safe space for residents to learn new skills and grow their own food. They hope the project will help stimulate community spirit and improve people’s overall wellbeing through facilitating friendships, exercise, and healthy eating. Work began in May 2021, when the severely overgrown plots were cleared and levelled, made possible through ‘Get Active Black Country’ funding. However, the funding available fell short of that needed to complete the project. United Living Property Services quickly pledged £5000, which will go towards the cost of laying paving to divide the plots into sections for cultivation.

Through a Strategic Construction Partnership, United Living Property Services is currently delivering millions of pounds worth of improvements to the Heath Town estate on behalf of Wolverhampton Homes.

Tony Tyson-Phillips, Contracts Manager, United Living Property Services, said: “When Wolverhampton Homes contacted us about the Back to Eden project, we were heartened to hear of C4PC’s plans for the site. Having worked on Heath Town for the past five years, we’ve seen first-hand the compassion, strength and resilience of the people that live there, and we believe this project will help galvanise that community spirit.

“At United Living, we take pride in helping create places where people enjoy living. Our corporate and social responsibility fund is reserved for these sorts of projects, and we’re more than happy to pledge our support.”

Joe Jackson from C4PC, said: “This is a fantastic project and can make a real impact in the local community by bringing all different groups of people together.

“We are extremely grateful to United Living for their financial support. The individual areas that will be created as a result of the funding will make such a difference to the project and everyone involved in it.”

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and Heath Town ward Councillor, Cllr Jasbir Jaspal, said: “The kind donation United Living has made will make a real difference to the Back to Eden project and the local community. The pandemic has shown us more than ever the importance of outdoor spaces to people’s physical and mental health.

“This project, initiated by Churches for Positive Change, deserves all the support it can get to deliver further horticulture and gardening activities that encourage the adoption of healthier lifestyles and improving physical, mental and emotional wellbeing while providing community social interaction in a relaxed, natural environment.”

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