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Green hub plans for Spalding Covid Kindness Team's legacy project for the area

A new ‘green heart hub’ will be created in as a legacy project to celebrate the community spirit seen in Spalding during the pandemic.

Spalding’s Covid Kindness Team is working towards becoming a registered charity and has big plans to help support the community across South Holland.

As part of its plans, the group is looking to create an outdoor space in a central location in Spalding which could become home to a men’s allotment group along with school projects.

The Spalding COVID Kindness Team. Photo taken by Sally Lucy. (43852512)
The Spalding COVID Kindness Team. Photo taken by Sally Lucy. (43852512)

Dedicated volunteers who made up the committee leapt into action when the first lockdown was announced last year to deliver food packages, prescriptions and wellbeing services.

Founder Keira Williamson said that the importance of outdoor space has been highlighted during the last year.

She said: “We want every member of the community to be able to come into the space. We are going to create Kindness Garden as a legacy of the team.

“We want all the local schools to be involved in some way by making bug hotels or doing some gardening.

“Long Sutton’s Men’s Shed has proved to help with mental health and we want to bring an allotment type project for men.

“It will be a green heart hub for the town.”

Ideas for the outdoor space could also include holding dance or yoga classes, which would be useful if social distancing requirements continue throughout the year.

By becoming a registered charity, the committee, which will have a pilot year as part of this process, will be able to access greater funding and more projects across the district.

Keira said: “We want to show people that there is a lot of places like Peterborough doing similar things which has been beneficial to the community.

“We want to get things like community larder for growing food and mental health support going.”

The Kindness group made a big difference to the community during the pandemic by supporting shielding and isolating residents by providing food parcel.

The group was also nominated for a Pride of Britain award last year.

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