Garden Centre Closes but Support Continues

Princes Park Garden Centre (PPGC) is closed to the public during the current COVID-19 crisis. Their service users are staying at their homes during the pandemic, as they are all classified as at risk because of vulnerability.

The PPCG staff are mainly working from home, although two are in self-isolation because of symptoms similar to the virus, but have not been tested. A rota has been established to water the plants, shrubs and flowers however all weekend markets have been suspended until at least the end of April.

Five out of six staff, plus the chair of the board Alec McFadden, have volunteered to join the ‘Spirit of Salford’ campaign, telephoning elderly and vulnerable people who are isolated in their homes. This work is being co-ordinated by The Spirit of Salford. Alec said, “I have provided them with the mobile numbers of our staff who have volunteered, along with myself and Ian Stewart. We will be allocated the phone numbers of isolated and lonely, elderly and vulnerable people in Salford to make regular contact and to comfort, advise and assist or sign post their individual needs and requirements.”

He added, “I am so proud of our staff volunteering to join the ‘Spirit of Salford’ to assist our in need and vulnerable population in this time of crisis and health danger. Our staff are experts at dealing with and assisting vulnerable people and will be a major assist to the whole project.

We are also pleased that our former Salford elected Mayor Ian Stewart, who is a big supporter of the PPGC has also volunteered to join this crusade.”

For further information contact Alec McFadden, chair PPGC, 07831 627 531

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