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Volunteering with Barnabus

Early on a bright Wednesday morning, a team of DOMU volunteers, headed over to the Community Church of the Nazarene in Longsight, Manchester to help with Barnabus’s allotment project.

Barnabus, a Christian homeless charity, were keen to tidy up the space ahead of their annual open day and barbeque. Warmly welcomed by the church’s minister Diego, and the lovely Carol from Barnabus, the team were ready to get stuck in.

The first job of the day: tackling the vegetable beds. The Barnabus team grow vegetables, fruits and herbs that go into the stews and soups served up at the charity’s drop-in centre. With the cold months on the way, half the team spent the morning painting the raised beds a beautiful sea-green, which will help protect the wooden frames from harsher winter weather.

The rest of the volunteering team (including our CEO, Mark), rolled up their sleeves and set to work moving a huge mound of compost to the greenhouse.

After lunch, the heavens opened and a minor downpour ensued, but after a few restorative biscuits – and a cup of tea, the team were back on form, and ready to finish the job.

The team lugged bricks, broke up wood and, after a few hours, the allotment was looking primed and ready for the barbeque next week, as well as winter-proofed for the colder months ahead.

Find our more about Barnabus here, or read  Shaun’s, one of our volunteers, diary of the day.

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