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Interview with Community Officer Chris Cray

by Burns Team Writer

The role of Community Project Officer can be varied at times, but it is a very rewarding role. I head up the Better Tomorrow project giving members of local projects and groups an opportunity to develop life skills and to spend time with like-minded people. The people that take part in these groups come from a host of different backgrounds and abilities, and it really is a joy to see them interact and gain new skills and confidence. Some of the group members were too scared to come through the door and speak to anyone when they first came here and now they are interacting and working with other people. We have even had a member of one of the groups develop so well and build such confidence that he now volunteers with Burns in the Community as a handyman.

Recently we were able to give back to the local community by putting the skills the volunteers have developed into practice and creating some outdoor equipment for a local primary school. We were able to create pencil themed flower planters, staging areas and mud kitchens for the children.

We also work with volunteers that are a part of our Butterfly Effect project to maintain the community gardens in the polytunnels at Parc Y Bocs. The leeks and radishes grown in the gardens are used in dishes in the restaurant at Parc Y Bocs.

There is lots of exciting things ahead for the Better Tomorrow scheme and we are lucky that John allows us to be as creative as we like in terms of how we interact with the groups. Hopefully we will be able to continue to work with more local schools and groups to create more equipment to enhance their outdoor learning.

The project is going from strength to strength and the future is all about keeping growing and developing.

Visit Better Tomorrow pages for more information.