The charity has leased Brickmakers Wood, a plot of land in central Ipswich, near the University. The lease was completed in the summer after UCS was approached by the charity following its success in turning a piece of woodland in Sudbury into a place for the community to use and organisations such as local hospices.
The focus for Brickmakers Wood will be to support young people with special educational needs, those with disabilities and those receiving palliative care for cancer and other life-limiting conditions.
Twenty students from UCS spent an afternoon clearing some of the woodland as part of a team-building exercise for their induction week.
The students were organised into their clinical placement groups and UCS staff and clinical lecturers from Addenbrookes Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, The Norfolk and Norwich and Colchester Hospital were also on hand to help.
Founder of the charity, Rob Brookes, said This is the first group weve had here at Brickmakers so today is a really special occasion- marking the start of creating this woodland sanctuary which in time we hope the community will benefit from. It is fantastic the students are so enthusiastic and energetic and so concerned to help others, we share a lot of similar values.
One of the students to take part, Jemima Olanrewaju, said I didnt know what to expect but already it looks a lot better than it did.
Fellow student Lauren Cogman said I would definitely help out again, it has been a good way to speak to those on the course in a different setting too and its been a fun thing to do as part of our induction week.
Caroline Doolan, course leader for the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology said I am delighted that our students have had an opportunity to support the work of this excellent local charity at such an early stage of their education at UCS - what a great way to welcome them in to our community and to introduce them to a local organisation whose values are so closely aligned with those of the NHS and UCS. The vision for the woodland is quite inspirational and we had a lot of fun rolling up our sleeves to begin the work needed to achieve the transformation. We left with a real sense of accomplishment and were very keen to return.
To find out more about the charity visit http://www.withnature.org/