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Skip plea as Redditch Sheds group dig in at Sandycroft Centre

Ross Crawford 19th Jul, 2020

THE team from Redditch Community Sheds are digging in helping out at the town’s renowned Sandycroft Centre.

And if anyone can lend them a skip to take away a pile of cuttings and rubbish, they’d be grateful.

The big hearted group of men – and women – keeps alive vital skills and provides an opportunity for sociable get-togethers while doing good work for the community.

Last month the Sheds group had been facing being made homeless due to the long-term impact of Covid-19 – and subsequent social distancing rules – which meant their HQ at the Old Needleworks in Britten Street was was too small for the 20-plus members.

However after an appeal in the Redditch Standard the Sandycroft Centre in West Avenue stepped in to offer them a home in the meantime.

“We were delighted when Lee Mackenzie from Sandycroft got in touch,” said Roly Duke from Redditch Community Sheds.

“We saw we could help them too as the garden area needed tidying up and we could do some DIY and fix the decking.”

And the Shedders have grown yo appreciate the vital work done at Sandycroft which specialises in helping victims of abuse.

“They do a cracking job and they don’t get much funding either, which is why we’re asking if someone could donate a skip so we can shift all the rubbish,” said Roly.

“Lee Mackenzie, manager of Sandycroft, said the arrival of the Community Sheds team had been mutually beneficial.

“They’re a lovely bunch of people,” she said.

“I know this place is a bit small for them but we wanted to help them and in turn they’ve been helping us, which is wonderful.”

Meanwhile the Sheds team are busy helping to create a pleasant outdoor space as Sandycroft’s work continues to expand.

Redditch Community Sheds meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Sandycroft and if anyone can offer them a skip, ring Roly on 07980 374617.

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