Rural Success

Service Users Aled Williams, Michael Thomas and Andrew Ward have been braving the elements in support of the voluntary woodland project ‘Three Crosses’ in Swansea.

The project, which is managed by charity Crwys and District Sports Association (CDSA) relies on the support of volunteers such as Aled, Michael and Andrew to maintain this area of natural beauty by creating accessible woodland space that can be enjoyed by everyone in the community. Receiving community support from Support Options’ day services, the trio of handymen have been involved in a variety of tasks since joining the project including cutting back trees, fence building, hedge laying and drainage work. Heading up the project CDSA Committee Member Mary Rees, whose son is also supported by Support Options says;

‘We couldn’t have achieved all this without the hard work and dedication of Aled, Michael and Andrew. They’ve turned up in all weathers to help out and I’m so appreciative of everything they’ve done.”

As part of the scheme Aled, Andrew and Michael have also been tasked with creating an accessible pathway to enable wheelchair users to access the park. “My son is a wheelchair user and it means so much to me that people with mobility needs, like my son, are now able to enjoy the woodland area at Three Crosses.” Explains Mary, Support Options Day Opportunities Service Manager, Andrew Edwards, adds “Since they began volunteering at the project new opportunities have opened up to them and they’re now involved in a number of conservation projects in the area. They’ve also received training from the council around fence building, strimming and using a brush cutter – which they’ve been able to put to good use at Three Crosses and are developing their skills everyday.”

Mary agrees: “I think the Three Crosses project is testament to what can be done through hard work and I hope that others will take inspiration from what has been achieved here.”

To find out more about the project, visit www.threecrosses.org.uk and follow the link to CDSA.