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York Cares in plea for help to work on Bell Farm adventure playground
A COMMUNITY group is appealing for people to come forward to help transform an adventure playground.
York Cares has been brought in to help spruce up Bell Farm adventure playground in only three days as part of their Big Community Challenge.
Helen Green, of York Cares, said: “It will be a big challenge and there is a lot of work to do.
“We need about 150 volunteers at the moment so this really is about the community pulling together on the project.”
Helen said Bell Farm was stereotypically one of the most disadvantaged parts of York and has few amenities for young people in the community, with the exception of the playground near Tang Hall which has a zip wire and an assault course.
However the playground, which is for eight to 13-year-olds, offers little for younger children and families so Bell Farm Management Committee has asked York Cares to transform it.
Helen said: “There is currently no seating in the playground, so we are going to put some seating in and some natural play equipment for children such as a willow den.
“We want to create something that everybody in the community can use.”
York Cares, a project supported by The Press, aims to bring groups of businesses together to make a difference to the community through volunteering.
The Bell Farm project is looking for 20 teams of employee volunteers to help with the transformation of the park on October, 8, 9 and 10.
Volunteers from businesses can sign up for half a day to help with clearing overgrown vegetation, constructing and painting a shelter, building benches and creating the natural play areas for the children.
The project, supported by Evora Construction, Northern Rail and City of York Council, is the latest in a series of makeovers by York Cares.
Last year, Greenfields, the old grounds of Haxby Road Primary School, were transformed into an outdoor classroom for pupils and community gardens for the local residents.
To sign up to the project visit yorkcares.co.uk to download an application form.
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