Volunteers band together to build brand new play space for vulnerable young families

News Desk (11 May, 2017)

“We hope that this space will allow the vulnerable people that live here to be able to build their own community," volunteer said

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Young mums and their tots were given a brand new play area at their supported housing in Elephant and Castle, thanks to an “extreme makeover” from volunteers.

A team of 30 generous professionals turned up with tools and materials to transform the outdoor area at Arcadia House in Tabard Street, run by Look Ahead housing association.

After a few hours of surface laying, painting and building, the six mums and their little ones were delighted with their safe new area to socialise.

James Gerrard, project manager of the Action4London, told the News: “It was amazing to see the kids when they heard what was going on and they all came running out.

“We hope that this space will allow the vulnerable people that live here to be able to build their own community.

“We’re building something sustainable that helps them to come together and socialise and lets the kids play together.”

The 26-year-old from Hackney said his team were all professionals who wanted to give up their time to volunteer. There are nine other similar projects which Action4London will be working on, including three more in Southwark.

Visit www.action4london.org.uk to find out more.

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