Offering a helping hand at the ASHA Centre

Eight members of staff from Two Rivers Housing volunteered their time to help out at the ASHA Centre in Mitcheldean as part of the ‘Helping Hands’ project.

The team worked hard removing old blooms and tidying extensive rose beds that are set in the five-acre bio-dynamically cultivated gardens. They also collected the petals which the Centre are going to use to make rose oil.

Helping Hands gives each staff member a day out of their normal working hours to help other organisations and charities within the communities it serves.

Marlene Alford, Home Ownership Officer at Two Rivers Housing, commented: “We had a really rewarding day. It was great to help out at the ASHA Centre and support the wonderful work they do there. This is our second visit as part of the ‘Helping Hands’ initiative and, as usual, we were made to feel very welcome. The centre is just beautiful, the scent of all the roses was amazing, a good day for the body and soul! ”

Steve Etter, Centre Manager at the ASHA Centre, added: “A huge thank you to Two Rivers from everyone here for everything the group did. Our gardener was so pleased with them and what they achieved, a great day.”

People of all ages come from around the world to benefit from the ASHA Centre – an educational charity that focusses on empowering young people through community, land and arts-based activities.