Bloom booms with all-weather canopy

Publish Date : 16 Aug 2023
Bloom Canopy Updated

Weather disruptions are no more for Bloom Pukekohe’s horticulturalists and craft-makers.

Based at Stadium Drive, Bloom works with adults with intellectual disabilities and has made great progress on its site behind Uplift Church, with new glasshouses and a work centre built.

Now, thanks to public and business support, a canopy between the glasshouses means the final piece of the puzzle is in place.

Franklin Ward Councillor Andy Baker says Bloom started with six young adults, doing what its name suggests, and blooming into a centre now used by almost 90.

“We’ve been blessed to have the leadership of Jo and Danny Tauroa, who have helped create something special for some special members of our community."

“In May Bloom launched ‘Make a Blooming Difference’ to raise $12,000 for a permanent canopy, so workers don’t have to rely on one that had to be taken up and down depending on the weather.”

The online campaign matched donations, effectively doubling contributions.

On top of that, local provider Fabritechnics stepped up to install the cover, joining other businesses that have donated everything from wood to create crafts, the materials to paint them, to potting mix and plants.

“Bloom is more than just work for intellectually disabled people,” Baker says.

“In my role at Franklin Local Board, we got involved because this is a place where people get a sense of purpose and the benefits of workplace interaction most of us enjoy. We talk about inclusive communities, and that has to mean a place for people of all abilities.”

The protection from sun and rain the canopy gives, will allow Bloom to work year-round on the site.

“I’m pleased local people have stepped up to make this happen, because it backs a great organisation and also shows we care about Bloom’s people and its work.”

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