DMU students have been given the opportunity to volunteer with the Saffron Acres Project, a project which offers volunteering opportunities based on healthy living and going green.
For this particular project, students will be working together with special needs students from Leicester College.
They will be making jam, putting it in jars and labelling it.
Some of their handiwork will then be sold in Midlands Co-op stores in time for Christmas.
This year, the group will be making spiced plum jam and apple chutney out of plums and apples grown in the Saffron Acres allotments.
If this goes well, the Saffron Acres Project will be working with the Midlands Co-operative to develop the project.
Neal Hodgkin, a member of the Saffron Acres Project team said “It’s fantastic that both the college and the Co-op are supporting us in this venture because it will genuinely make a difference to the lives of local people trying to improve their skills and employability. Plus, the plums are all grown right here in Leicester and the jam and chutney are delicious!
“It’s very difficult to access funding for community projects at the moment, so if we are to continue providing opportunities for local people, a more sustainable and financially attractive enterprise is critical.
“We have high hopes for Saffron Acres preserves, and if the Christmas trial goes well, we will be working with Midlands Co-operative to further the project.
To read more about this opportunity, pick up a copy of The Demon out tomorrow!