Gratefulness leads to community project

Cunningham resident doing gardening

The Community Spirit project at Cunningham House was set up by residents, for residents, to give back something to the community.

We caught up with Lorraine Shaw, a Cunningham House senior support worker, who shared:

"It was the brain child of Chris (pictured above) a current resident of Cunningham House. He suggested we do something for the community because he was aware of the amount of donations we were getting, especially during the pandemic.

"A group of residents got together with me and discussed how we could make an impact in the community.

"It was suggested that we could do something for the groups that had donated to us. I contacted Holy Trinity Church, Wester Hailes, Old Kirk Muirhouse Parish Church and the Forth Canoe Club to ask if they would like help in their gardens. It was also suggested that residents could make cards for the keyworkers of the churches that donated to encourage them during the pandemic. This was so residents who were a bit apprehensive about going out would be able to be involved in the group."

One of the key members of the Community Spirit group said:

" I've really enjoyed being a part of the Comunity Spirit so far. It's been fun to be out in the sun doing the gardening, especially after we've been shut in for so long and helping other groups is a bonus. I think it's important to try and make the most of my time here and contribute and learn what I can."

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