For the first time at the show, a caseworker will be on the Perennial stand (C90) throughout the event offering information and advice on issues with which Perennial can help.
Perennial’s services include support for financial and debt problems as well assistance for those affected by illness, disability, bereavement, redundancy and old age.
The Four Oaks Trade Show takes place during Perennial’s HortAid fortnight, which runs from 1-14 September, when the charity is encouraging people from across the industry to ‘Go Green for HortAid’ and help raise funds and awareness for Perennial.
The charity, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, has pledged to raise an extra £175,000 and hopes the ‘go green’ theme will strike a chord with all those working in horticulture.
Caseworker manager Helen Waddington said: "We are really pleased to be at Four Oaks and have the opportunity to talk face to face with people who might want to know more about how we can help. We will be giving advice on a broad range of issues that increasingly face horticulturists, including help with benefits, self employment, social care, housing problems and many other challenging issues that life can throw at us. We can also provide advice on training and bursaries."
Also on the stand will be regional development manager Kate O’Shea. She said: "We are delighted to be back at Four Oaks and this time with members of our caseworker team on the stand providing valuable advice. With Four Oaks taking place during our HortAid fortnight, we also want to encourage colleagues from across the UK horticulture industry to get involved and help us raise funds.
"Whether you pledge to cycle to work for a week or wear a green morph suit, we hope that as many people as possible will ‘Go Green for HortAid’. All of our services are entirely dependent on financial contributions from the industry and the garden loving public so your support will make a real difference."