We visited a CWP host in Fulwood to see how Groundwork clients are making an impact.
A group of Community Work Placement (CWP) clients have been spending time at Mill House Animal Sanctuary.
The sanctuary has rescued, cared for and re-homed animals since 1948 when twin sisters Pat Hartley and Jane Wright saved a pony from the slaughterhouse.
Phil and Charlie are two Groundwork South Yorkshire clients who have been completing their placements at the charity. Their work has included cleaning out the animals, walking the dogs and making improvements to the sanctuary itself.
Charlie said of his experience so far: “I really love animals. I used to work with blind dogs and when I was at school we used to look after horses. If you like animals, completing your placement at Mill House Animal Sanctuary is great.
During my placement, I’ve become more organised. I have different things to do each day so I need to make sure I know what’s next. I think I’m also much better at dealing with the public. We have members of the public drop into the sanctuary to walk the dogs. I always make sure I give them a dog that they can handle and get on well with. I explain the rules about keeping them on their leads”.
Phil, who is also completing his placement at the sanctuary said: “My favourite part of the placement is building walls. I’m trained at dry-stone walling and I get satisfaction from creating something new, out of rubble! At the end of each day, I like coming home knowing that I’ve made a real difference to the sanctuary.
I’ve learnt to be more flexible as well. I don’t come to work and expect to do a set routine; I’ll turn my hand to anything now. Charlie and I even volunteer at the sanctuary on Saturday mornings. It’s not part of our placement but we really want to help”.
Mill House Animal Sanctuary are always on the look out for dog walking volunteers and any money that can be spared to help them continue their work and look after abused or neglected animals. If you think you can help in any way at all, please visit their website here.