May 19 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Recorder team will be helping a Redbridge group or charity next month and we want you, the readers, to choose what we do.
We could be gardening, mucking out animals, planting a garden or helping disabled children for some of the charities and community groups for Mitzvah Day.
The Recorder is a media partner for the Jewish-led day of social action, which aims to bring together people of different ages, faiths and walks of life to improve the community.
One place that could benefit from our hard work is Wellgate Community Farm.
The farm, in Collier Row Road, was started 30 years ago and now has rabbits, chickens, cows, pigs, goats and many other creatures for people to visit for free.
Farm manager Liz Webb said there was always work to be done.
She added: “It depends what people are capable of but sometimes we need fencing or the animals mucking out.
“It’s hefty work.”
Another contender is the Rose Walton Centre in South Woodford, which supports children with cerebral palsy and their families.
Centre manager Pauline Tongey said they are “desperate for volunteers” to help with the children, tidy up and fundraise for the charity.
The Chigwell Riding Trust was the first riding centre for people with special needs in the world and could do with some assistants.
Manager Deborah Hall said: “People can help out in the lessons and there are so many jobs we don’t have time to do.”
Another option for our helping hands is Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green.
Volunteer co-ordinator Vanessa Theed said the gardens are being improved and help is needed to sort charity donations for the hospice’s new shop.
Mitzvah Day, on November 18, is in its eighth year and expects to attract 25,000 volunteers to support more than 800 projects across the country.
You have until Tuesday, October 30 and the chosen group or charity will be announced in our November 1 edition.