BUGG (Buddy Up Green Group) is a project for young people of mixed abilities to work together on environmental projects, breaking down preconceived ideas of disability. The project has been funded by Joseph Rowntree foundation York Committee, York Community Pride and other charitable Trusts.
In February a group of young people from York volunteered for the Big BUGG Week. They worked to transform an underused site into a place community members can enjoy. The site is part of The Conservation Volunteers’ Get Growing project and groups will be supported to start up their own food growing on the site. Volunteers built raised beds, created disabled access, seating and sensory features and put up fencing to make the pond area safe.
Speaking about the project Rachel Earnshaw Youth and Community Project Officer said “it has been great to see so many young people take part. Thirty people from the universities, schools and SNAPPY (Special Needs Activities and Play Provision for York) gave their time. The wider community will benefit from the work so every one feels great!”
A group of young people still work at the site with the help of Voluntary Officer Alice Thatcher meeting every Wednesday afternoon to continue the good work and encourage others to get involved.