Youngsters called up for action for local residents

Pauline Eells from Gwent Court with the gardening team
Pauline Eells from Gwent Court with the gardening team

Young people from the Military Preparatory College Training (MPCT) in Eastbourne were called up for action at Gwent Court recently.

The 16 to 18-year-olds jumped at the chance to help tidy the garden up and make it more manageable for residents.

Gwent Court is managed by Eastbourne Homes and provides extra care housing giving the residents the support they need for independent living.

Bob Granville, Director of Operations at Eastbourne Homes, said, “The MPCT did a fantastic job. The residents at Gwent Court are delighted and really grateful. It’s great to see everyone enjoying the use of the garden again”.

The MPCT helps prepare young adults for a career in the armed forces. Every six months the young people are involved with a new volunteering project.

Lee Kelly, the MPCT course leader, said, “Despite the garden being a bit of a jungle to start with, we worked together throughout the day and now it looks great!”

Pauline Eells, (pictured with the MPCT team), is a resident at Gwent Court and was particularly thrilled with the new garden. She has wheelchair access to the garden and can now enjoy being outside in the cleared and orderly garden.

Cllr Margaret Bannister, portfolio holder for communities at Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “This excellent scheme is yet more proof that Eastbourne is full of engaged and dedicated young people keen to play their part in improving local communities, and I congratulate the work Military Preparatory College Training has done to help out at Gwent Court.”