MERSEYSIDE’S amateur gardeners are being challenged to use their green fingers to plant flowers, trees and shrubs in local parks to make communities safer, happier and less isolating.
It’s a chance to brighten up local parks and plant colourful flowers, create a small green space by a bus stop or improve local wildlife and sow a mini meadow. Improving the environment of local neighbourhoods can really make a difference to people who feel isolated or lonely in the area.
It’s all part of the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering – CSV Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011.
There are free seeds for planting this autumn for the first 200 people to register their gardening events.
Gardeners can use their green fingers and help a disabled or elderly neighbour with their garden, mow the lawn, plant pretty flowers or simply have a chat in the great outdoors to make their lives less isolating and lonely.
And did you know that gardening is not only good for the environment – it also helps your waistline.
CSV Make a Difference Day research found 42% of volunteers on environment and conservation projects say volunteering helps them lose weight while 61% say volunteering helps combat stress.
Former Met police chief Brian Paddick said: “My experience of community policing showed me that improving your neighbourhood environment and getting to know your neighbours are two key steps to creating safer, less-isolating communities.”
Activities from reporting faulty street lights to creating community gardens or helping isolated neighbours all make a huge difference to the lives of others.
Take part in CSV Make a Difference Day this year and make where you live a happier, more welcoming place.
Make a Difference Day, part of the UK volunteering charity CSV, is giving away a free, how-to guide to combat community isolation. The how-to guide offers a variety of ways on how to make your neighbourhood a safer, less isolating and happier place.
Each year tens of thousands of people take part in the campaign to benefit the community.
The nation plants thousands of flowers in community gardens, cemeteries and school playgrounds, helps out in local charity shops, knits hats and gloves for premature babies and visits lonely people in nursing homes, homeless shelters and hospitals.
To register your event or find out more information visit www.csv.org.uk/difference, call 0800 284 533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.