Anne’s dedication helps Swinton bloom

Anne Pinkney, from Swinton, has been volunteering in her local community for over six years, and recently won an Involved Tenants award at ForHousing’s annual celebration.

Anne is heavily involved in the Valley Community Gardens, which are based in the heart of the Valley Estate in Swinton, and has been at the forefront of its development on a voluntary basis for many years.

Along with her partner, William, Anne manages membership, helps with the upkeep of the gardens and signs up new members up who are interested in growing vegetables and plants.

Anne enjoys helping others in her community and is passionate about supporting the next generation of gardeners from the estate.

Recently, she helped to secure £500 from Salford Community and Voluntary Services to deliver a youth engagement project at the gardens.

Alongside working part time and helping at the gardens, Anne also volunteers at play sessions for children during the school holidays, applying for funding to provide food at the sessions.

Over the past year she has clocked up over 100 hours of voluntary work.

As well as benefitting the local community, Anne has also felt the personal benefits of working in the gardens. Spending time in the peaceful environment has helped to improve her sense of wellbeing, and of course the gardening itself is a great form of exercise.

Anne said: “During the times we are currently experiencing, people are now starting to realise the benefits that gardens can bring to a person’s life and their mental health.

“We have been involved with the gardens for six or seven years and it has brought so much to our lives. Without them we would have just been sat on the couch.”

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities in your local area, please contact communities@ForHousing.co.uk.