Admiral ensures growing space for local community

Mental health charity Growing Space is helping more clients to grow and heal thanks to two generous donations from local employer Admiral.

Admiral has donated £850 to Growing Space, a charity based in Tredegar park and gardens in Newport. Admiral donated £250 to Growing Space to build a wildlife garden in 2012, which has now become an established space that many clients visit and look after. The charity also received over £600 from Admiral recently to build a composting unit, which a small group of clients built together alongside a volunteer from the National Trust from Tredegar House. It is already saving the charity money.

The donation came from Admiral’s Community Chest Scheme, which gives thousands of pounds every year to charities and organisations in South Wales.

Linda Elliot, who worked in Admiral’s Claims department in Newport and is now retired, applied for funding in 2012 and 2017. She said, “I volunteer at Growing Space and applied to Admiral’s Community Chest scheme twice before I retired. It’s such a great scheme to have in the place you work. The wildlife garden that Admiral paid for is now one of my favourite places and lots of the clients at Growing Space come here and at first, they can find it difficult to interact with others. It’s been my pleasure over the years to see them grow through tending and caring for the plants. They really do find the space they need here.”

Brian Hanlon, who works for Growing Space, recently changed from being a primary school teacher to supervisor for the charity. He said, “Growing Space is an organisation that does so much to help people in society and I wanted to give something back to my community. The donation from Admiral is fantastic for us as it has paid for a beautiful garden and a much needed composting unit, which will save us a lot of money and help so many of our clients. Thank you so much.”

You can learn more about Growing Space by visiting their website here: