15th Dec, 2018

'Where Next' charity joins forces with Redditch Police to make positive impact

Harry Leach 28th Jul, 2018

A LOCAL charity has agreed to maintain the garden area at Redditch Police station as part of a 12 month plan to ‘break down barriers’.

Where Next, which provides work and training for people with learning disabilities, reached out to West Mercia Police to discuss ways their service users could help enahnce the local community.

One suggestion was for Where Next to do what they do best – get stuck into some gardening.

The result is that planting will soon begin around the police station, which they hope will have a positive impact on the environment.

To mark the occasion, Vicky Tompkins, Steven Grainger and Norman Evans from Where Next, donated a police helmet hanging basket full of flowers to hang outside the west-side entrance of the station.

Jo Wood, business support manager at Where Next, said: “The helmet symbolises togetherness for everyone in the community but also the start of a special relationship between West Mercia Police and ourselves.

“I’m very proud of the flower basket, I think they did such a great job on it.”

The helmet can be seen by anyone who is walking by the station on Queen Street.

Nick Houghton, Where Next nurseries manager, added: “Over the next few weeks we will look to start planting seeds around the station to improve the garden area.

“I’m really excited and want to thank the police for getting us involved.”

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