Employee-volunteering charity York Cares has reached the halfway mark of its latest Big Community Challenge, with more sessions planned across the city up to the end of the month.
Running throughout June, this year’s Big Community Challenge focuses on connecting green spaces, called ‘green corridors’, to improve wildlife habitats and reduce the isolation of wildlife populations throughout sites in West York.
So far in the first two weeks of this year’s Challenge employee-volunteers from Aviva, Benenden Health, boxxe, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Virgin Money, The Partners Group and Hiscox have completed sessions to improve sites including Viking Road play area, Bachelor Hill and Westfield Marsh.
There have also been five ‘Day in the Life’ primary school sessions at Carr Junior, Westfield Primary School and Woodthorpe Primary school during which employee-volunteers working in areas related to the environment and sustainability gave pupils an insight into their roles and how they relate to green corridors. Meanwhile, pupils at York High School were challenged to create marketing material to raise awareness of green corridors amongst the community.
Ethan Moss, Volunteering Support Officer, York Cares, says: “We’re so pleased to see over 130 employee-volunteers signing up to get involved in this year’s Big Community Challenge. Together they have given over 560 hours to support the green corridors initiative, enabling plants and animals to flourish and improving biodiversity, which in turn will have positive effects on human mental and physical health.
“There are still two weeks to go with more sessions planned across the west of York. The Big Community Challenge will culminate with a celebration event on Acomb Green on 30th June between 4 and 6pm, with activities to get involved with and all ages welcome!”
This year’s Big Community Challenge has been made possible by donations of plants and materials from Johnsons of Whixley, Benenden Health and Nestle.