Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA) recently hosted a tea party for community groups from across Ashfield at their Kirkby Health and Wellbeing Centre base.
One project supported by AVA is the step-by-step initiative focused on helping people with mental health issues who have re–designed, planted and furnished a garden area providing a lovely oasis for the centre. Other AVA projects on display included the arts and crafts and computer skills groups.
AVA have also recently been awarded a grant from the Ashfield District Council Kirkby Community Benefit Fund, which will enable them to provide development support for a number of community groups based in Kirkby.
The tea party, hosted on the afternoon of Wednesday 11th July, provided an opportunity for Ashfield District Council Deputy Leader Councillor Tom Hollis to meet AVA personnel and other local groups who will benefit from the scheme. He said: “I was delighted to meet just some of the community groups who make such a difference to so many people across the Ashfield District. Community groups do a wonderful job.
“We are pleased to support Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA) through the Ashfield District Council Kirkby Community Benefit Fund to continue their vital work. It was a privilege to meet just some of the local volunteers and we, as a Council look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them to continue to reach out into our communities.”
Teresa Jackson, Manager of AVA also commented: “It was fantastic to be able to bring together like-minded representatives of community groups from across the district. I am looking forward to having further discussions about the organisation’s development”.