The Garden Transformation Team

Giving something back to the community

Giving something back to the community

On a beautiful sunny day in May in the garden of a Oxfordshire Homeless Pathway house in Oxford we were joined by a volunteer, Charlotte Young from Nielsen.

Before the transformation

Charlotte decided to volunteer with us as part of the Nielsen’s annual Global Impact Day where every member of staff around the globe gives back to the community.

Talking about her the volunteering experience Charlotte said, “It was a glorious day, great to be out in the sunshine and not sat a desk! I enjoy gardening so it was ideal for me and a lovely day with a great bunch of people. I enjoyed meeting Martine and Jody who live at the shared house. Their stories are very inspirational.”

volunteering in action
It’s starting to look like a garden!

The garden in Blackbird Leys was transformed from a tired unloved backyard to an attractive courtyard garden in a few hours. The Connection Support team had arranged for donations of an old wooden bench, pots, seeds and plants. It’s now a welcome retreat for Martine and Jody and the rest of the residents.

Speaking about her day with us, Charlotte said:

If you’re seeking to ‘give something back’ I’d recommend volunteering your time with Connection Support. I could instantly see the difference my day had made and everyone made the day so much fun! I was treated to homemade baklava and bacon butties, what could be better than that?

Bench and beds transformed
A changed garden in one day!

To find out more about volunteering as an organisation or individual, please contact your local Volunteer Co-ordinator in Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes or Buckinghamshire or email

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