Participants from Everton in the Community’s NCS programme recently collaborated with staff from Lloyds Bank to transform outdoor space at St Vincent’s School for the visually impaired.
EitC were approached by Lloyds Banking Group to provide a one-day CSR opportunity for their nationwide volunteer group and decided to channel their efforts into transforming the garden area at the site in West Derby.
Ten volunteers from Lloyds Bank travelled from around the country to take part, with some even journeying from as far as Southampton and Durham.
The hard-working team were led on the day by Evertonian Howard Parr, who had lined up the activity with EitC Volunteer Coordinator Ken Fullelove and EitC NCS Project Manager Joe Rowe.
Lloyds provided their own landscape gardener on the day in the form of Blues fan Richard Kelly, owner of Green Giant Landscaping, who freely donated his time, expertise and power tools.
In less than a day, and in awful weather conditions, the team of enthusiastic volunteers and participants transformed the overgrown garden space at the school, which fronts a newly-renovated building providing residential training facilities for people from overseas wishing to learn innovative methods of teaching visually impaired children.
The revamped garden area will continue to be maintained in the future by EitC volunteers and NCS students who will look after the space and add plants and flowers.
EITC’s Fullelove said: “We are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who gave up their time to transform this space and prove, yet again, how Everton in the Community, along with its partners, is working to improve local communities.”