An apprentice has given back to the local community through the Rochford Housing Garden Promise.
Joshua Bess, a locally-based maintenance apprentice, stepped away from his usual daily jobs and provided garden services to the community through the project, a resident-led venture of Rochford Housing’s Diversity Equality Forum.
As part of the initiative – which is available to residents in need who are referred by their housing officer – Josh carried out a number of tasks for individuals who struggle to maintain their gardens, and who need some help clearing away unwanted items and greenery to make them usable again.
After delivering the service, Rochford Housing staff further assist residents by signposting them to other local agencies who may be able to offer support.
Talking about the project, Josh commented: “Through my apprenticeship I am learning a number of skills required for maintaining grounds and estates around Rochford.
“The Garden Promise scheme is not only providing me with an opportunity to improve these skills, but also to give back to the community by lending a hand to those who need a bit of extra help.”
Rochford Housing’s managing director, Emma Keegan, added: “Josh has provided some of our residents with a much-needed service which will help them to maintain their tenancies and enjoy their gardens as we come into summer. As well as assisting the individual resident, the service also benefits the neighbourhood.”