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Nursery project brightens lives of refuge women and children


Ten kidsunlimited nurseries from the North West have teamed up with Manchester Women’s Aid to help improve the lives of women and children living in refuges.

Staff at ten kidsunlimited sites across Cheshire and Greater Manchester have been busy taking part in the nursery chains ‘Happy Seedlings’ project. The project was set up to celebrate kidsunlimited’s 30th year and saw thirty employees join together over two days to rejuvenate five refuge gardens with the aim of making them child friendly and a happier and brighter place for the women and children who live there. Prior to makeovers taking place taking place, staff, children and parents across the ten kidsunlimited sites had been busy fundraising for resources for the gardens.

Jeremy Clark, Development Director at kidsunlimited, said “We wanted to do something special for our 30th birthday and decided this was the perfect project. I’m really impressed at how all of our staff, children and parents have fully supported this project. It’s been an inspiring experience and I hope the gardens will be enjoyed for years to come.”

Lynne Warner, Finance Manager at Manchester Women’s Aid, said, “The children residing at the refuges come to us at a very vulnerable time in their lives. Many have experienced abuse, whether it be personally, or have been witness to it. In 2012 our Children’s funding was removed, therefore leaving us with very little resources for the children in the centres. The refuge gardens were very uninspiring before kidsunlimited came along. The Women and Children are overwhelmed by the hard work, commitment and passion that has been put into the gardens and they now have a place they can go to play safely and be happy in.”