The HELP/SIGNS curriculum Allotment is a basic skills, healthy living lifestyle garden
project. It enables local school teachers, pupils, and local community children and parents , also senior citizens to
participate in the developing process of hard work and relaxation.Teachers, pupils,
community children and Shades of Black volunteers are involved in a planned programme of basic skill activities, eg.
clearing plots, weeding,digging, planting, watering and harvesting assorted vegetables, flowers, berries and fruit on
Uplands Allotments plots
Each year from March to October since the development of the HELP/SIGNS project new ideas have been introduced and
excellent progress made through the hard work of up to 8 local schools and holiday/evening club sessions involvment
through visits on plot site Uplands allotment.
Finance is the Life Line of any organisation and SOB is no exception. SOB are eternally grateful to all who has
contributed to the successful operation of this excellent educational project for pupils/community children and
thousands of others.
SOB has also captured the hearts of the wider multi-cultural community people and media attention. Teachers/pupils
and many others involved are benefitting from the experiences presented through the SIGNS project.
The information and photographs presented is from 5 local school pupils and local community children, holiday
/evening club sessions.
Here are some excellent views about transformation within the HELP/SIGNS: in November 2006 SOB was approached by
Viv Marsh Postal plants who had presentes the project with a 64 foot tunnel green house. Sob accepted the gift and
had excellent publicity in 2007 growing assorted vegatables and flowers for Gardeners World programme at the NEC and
radio and television interviews. SOB committee members had 5 days wonderful experience at the NEC.
click on each picture to see more photos from each collection
Artist Mrs Rhoden and Viv Marsh presented an assorted vegetables and flowers garden at the NEC Gardeners Programme in June 2007
Groups of parents, Senior Citizens and Councillors visit the HELP/SIGNS project and the Artistic Vibes Kaleidoscope Project
Danny Kelly from Radio WM came to the allotment to interview Mrs McGhie-Belgrave, MBE, about
cooking fresh vegetables, part of the BITES Project, and even has a go himself, at cooking. ( photographs © BBC
Shades of Black presented their annual Harvest Festival service at Handsworth Community Fire
Station, Rookery Road,Handsworth, Birmingham. Special invited guests were local senior citizens,Chief Fire Officer
Vij Randenya,local school pupils from Rookery and Wattville Primary Schools,community children, and local newspaper
Shades of Black Committee members conveys grateful thanks to all who had contributed towards the success of
2007 HELPS/SIGNS project.
Mrs E.C.McGhie-Belgrave MBE ( Organising Secretary)
Please click Gallery for our pictures of the SIGNS project.