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Aviva - A garden for everyone

Aviva has opened its Community Fund competition and we need your votes to help three of our local partner projects win!

Aviva, one of the UK's leading insurers, has a pot of money it would like to share with one of the many fantastic community projects taking place across the UK this year.  Three projects that we work closely with have entered the competition:

A Living Picnic for Garden for Life: Based in West Calder, the Garden has charitable status and is run entirely by volunteers. It provides an opportunity for local people, schools and community groups to grow fruit and vegetables and also take part in a range of other outdoor leisure activities.

They want to transform an unmanaged and overgrown area of the Garden for Life into a ‘living picnic’ area, where communal growing of fruit and vegetables will take place. There are no similar facilities in the local area and it would be a real benefit to the local community, particularly disabled people and local volunteers, who’ll learn new skills.

- A Garden for everyone: Run by Green Routes, a social enterprise and charity based at Gartmore walled garden, young adults with additional support needs are provided with high quality training and work experience in horticulture. The volunteers are given a chance to develop their social skills as well as gain qualifications and be helped into employment.

To make the garden accessible by everyone, they need funding to build more suitable footpaths for those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

The Friends of Hollybush Conservation Centre: “Active After Working Life” is a group that was set up to help older adults remain active and enjoy the outdoors in retirement. The group is entirely volunteer-run and funded. The Friends of Hollybush support the work of the group by helping them to plan activities, find funding and attract new members who might be in need of activities, support and friendship.

Many of the older adults who attend do not get out of their own locality very often and would struggle to afford to go on day trips outside of Leeds. With funding, the group would love to provide the opportunity for socially isolated older adults to go on a few summer day trips outside of the city.

As you have read, these three projects are very worthy of Aviva’s Community Fund, so we’re asking for your help to secure it.


How do I vote?

Head to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/cms/ and register yourself. You’ll then be allocated 10 votes, which you can spread across projects or put into one. Here are the project links again:

A Living Picnic for Garden for Life

A Garden for everyone

The Friends of Hollybush Conservation Centre

The projects with the most votes are then entered in the finals and the winners are decided by a panel of judges.

Voting closes on 30th May. It’ll only take a few minutes of your day, so please help us to secure this much needed funding.

Thank you for your support.