Port of Garston helps local community group’s business initiative blossom by creating a new showpiece garden

May 31, 2018

Left to Right: Mark Dixon, Your Voice Your Choice, Andrew Harston, ABP Short Sea Ports Director, Thomas Reid, Your Voice Your Choice, James Cooper, ABP’s CEO, David Roberts, Your Voice Your Choice and Carl Bevan, ABP Divisional Port Manager, North West

ABP’s team at the Port of Garston has kick started a gardening project to help members of the local community group Your Voice Your Choice (YVYC) develop their employability skills by building a new garden outside the port office.

The space for the new garden was unveiled by ABP’s CEO James Cooper, Short Sea Ports Director, Andrew Harston and Divisional Port Manager, Carl Bevan, who joined members of the group to plant the first shrub on a sunny day in May.

Your Voice Your Choice was established in October 2015 in the hope to fill a gap in services for adults with a learning difficulties, autism and other disabilities. The service focuses on organising activities that build employability skills to create a pathway into independence for its members and provide opportunities for them to live life to the fullest.

Jenny Day, Founder of YVYC, said: “Our group is very excited about the opportunity to build this new garden and we are motivated, enthusiastic and proud to be working with ABP. We really appreciate the hard work of Brian at ABP and his team and we enjoyed meeting with colleagues from other ABP locations, including the CEO, who had come up for the opening.

“We are grateful and are convinced that we will have an amazing future ahead.”

Based in Halewood, the group is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and families. It has a positive community presence and supports families as well as its members, creating a strong support network.

Carl Bevan, ABP Divisional Port Manager, North West, said: “We’re delighted to be able to work with YVYC on this project, which will give its members the chance to grow their skills, while at the same time improving the overall feel of the port and contributing positively to the environment.”

ABP’s Port of Garston, together with Silloth, Barrow and Fleetwood is part of the North West division of ABP, and together they contribute £550 million to our economy. ABP continues to invest in the future of the North West by funding projects such as the extension to ABP’s Port of Garston’s Yara terminal, which was opened in December last year.