Mears are working in partnership with Groundwork to create stronger more active communities in Leeds through project Urban Oasis.
The Urban Oasis project inspires people to improve pockets of green space on their doorstep, through practical activities such as clean ups, planting and food growing, to encourage healthy eating. Working alongside Urban Oasis is Urban Rangers, an environmental youth work programme which encourages children to make a positive contribution to their communities, while undertaking activities that focus on improving and using local green spaces.
The Urban Oasis project was officially launched last October and is currently being delivered, along with Urban Rangers, at the Marlborough Street estate in central Leeds, Clydes Estate in New Wortley and the Hemingways Estate in Hunslet. We also have Urban Oasis running in Cottingley and Swarcliffe.
Project Urban Oasis helps us work closely with communities to help make their local areas greener and nicer places to live. Through leading activities such as door to door consultations, we help to find out what your local community would like to see happening and any improvements they would like to make. In January the Hemingways Estate in Hunslet took part in a Groundwork led door to door consultation which resulted in new surfacing and fencing carried out by Mears.
The Urban Rangers 12 week programmes encourage young people to be creative and develop their social skills whilst allowing them to participate in making changes to their local community. The Urban Rangers programmes currently running are teaching the young people involved about recycling, whilst letting them have their say about the things they like and dislike on their estates. They are now looking forward to being involved in a planting workshop over the May Bank Holiday.
Project Urban Oasis is being funded by Mears which repair and maintain homes on behalf of Housing Leeds and is being delivered by Groundwork.
Want to know more? Contact Nicola Ramsden on:
0113 238 0601 / Nicola.Ramsden@groundwork.org.uk