Volunteers bank on helping for the summer

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Volunteers from Santander helped to give the Robins Children Centre a makeover for the summer.

As part of their Community Days scheme, 17 volunteers from Santander’s head office in Milton Keynes picked up their paintbrushes, shovels and trowels to give the centre’s garden a new lease of life. They repainted the fences and sheds, replanted a sensory garden, and created an interactive bug hut where children can learn about insects firsthand.

Amanda Batty, Children’s Centre co-ordinator, said: “We are so pleased with how great the garden looks now. We regularly use the outdoor area for educational activities and fun events for children and their families to take part in. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the fantastic volunteers who were involved.”

Santander’s Graham Croft, who organised the volunteer day, said: “As part of our Community Days scheme, we were given the opportunity to support a local cause through volunteer work. The team chose The Robins Children’s Centre as many of us have children of our own and we were inspired by the dedication of the staff to ensuring that children have an environment in which to grow, learn and play.”

Over 400 children and their families currently use The Robins Children’s Centre on a regular basis. It was opened by Milton Keynes Council in

January 2009 to provide families with children aged 0 to five years old with activities, support and advice.

If you live in Bradwell, Great Holm, Heelands or Two Mile Ash and would like to find out more about how you can get involved, contact The Robins Children’s Centre on 01908 318758, email robins@milton-keynes.gov.uk or visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/robinscc.