Thrive Birmingham has been targeted by vandals who daubed doors, walls and windows with offensive graffiti in an attack over the weekend.
Thrive’s premises, which are based in Kings Heath Park, are leased from Birmingham City Council and an anti-graffiti team from its parks department is set to help with the clean-up.
It’s not the first time that Thrive, which has been based in the city for four years, has been targeted by vandals as earlier in the year there was an attempted break-in.
Amanda Fields, Thrive Birmingham’s Regional Centre Manager, said, 'It was heart-breaking to arrive at work this morning to see the building in this state.
Business as usual
'This attack is a lot worse than we’ve had previously, but we are still opening today to deliver our work to our client gardeners and are really grateful that the park’s anti-graffiti team are looking to help with the clean-up as soon as possible.’
Thrive Birmingham mainly works with children from local Special Educational Needs schools who have conditions such as autism and severe physical disabilities.
The youngsters take part in a programme called Grow and Learn where they gain practical gardening experience and skills, leading to a City & Guilds horticulture qualification.
'Thankfully the attack on our building will not prevent us from working with our clients who really love attending Thrive,’ said Amanda.
The police have been notified of the attack.