Sheffield teens help transform garden for Modern Slavery survivors

Men living in one of our Sheffield safehouse for survivors of human trafficking can enjoy their garden this summer thanks to the hard work of some local teenagers.

A group from the Sheffield branch of the NCS (National Citizenship Service) – a programme for 15-17 year-olds which links them to local community projects – began by taking part in a sponsored walk where they raised almost £900 to spend on improving the facilities at one of our safehouses.

Once the money had been raised, the NCS team spent a busy afternoon clearing the weeds from the back garden, cutting the grass, planting hundreds of flower and vegetable seeds in new patches, and generally making the place look great!

They then asked the men living in the house what else they would like for the garden with the money left over. Our clients, who live on around £40 a week, so cannot afford gym membership, said they would like some exercise equipment to help them keep fit – so an all weather weightlifting bench was bought, alongside some weights.

Our South Yorkshire Accommodation Manager, Kyle France, said: “The hard work of the NCS team has totally transformed the garden. They’ve saved us hundreds of pounds, and they were so great to have around. It was also great to see young people so eager to help create change in their community. We can’t thank them enough.”