18 June 2014
Volunteers help give garden a makeover
Staff and service users on Ward 4 were joined
last week, Wednesday 11 June, by a team of volunteers who helped
give their garden a 'Ground Force' style makeover.
Ward 4, St Martin's Hospital, Bath, is one
of the 10 units taking part in the 'AWP in Bloom' initiative to
convert an unused space into a produce garden. Katie Plumbly, the
ward's Occupational Therapist, says: "The garden had been neglected
for a while and was a little overgrown.
"Thanks to everyone's efforts last week, the garden has been
cleared, flowers have been planted and it's now well on its way to
becoming a much better place for service users and their relatives
to sit outside in."
The group of volunteers had been assembled by the Bath
Volunteers Bureau's inVOLve partnership (which helps employer's
support volunteering in meaningful activities). The group were also
joined by Mike Plows, inVOLve's Network Development Manager, and
the new Chairman of BANES Council Martin Veal.
Work started at 9.30am and finished at 4pm with a tea party held
to celebrate Carers' Week.
"Gardening, along with being able to spend time in a relaxing,
natural green space, has been shown in research to help people with
dementia or anxiety, bringing emotional, psychological and mental
health benefits," says Katie. "By improving our garden we are
hoping to provide a place where service users and their relatives
can spend time together or do some therapeutic gardening."
Katie would now like to raise funds to purchase a hose pipe
for watering the garden - all donations will be gratefully
received. Please email Katie
Plumbly or call her on 07880 052530 for more details.
Katie would like to thank the following individuals who helped
make the day a success: Mike Plows, Bath Volunteer Bureau InVOLve
partnership and Sara Dixon, Bath Volunteer Bureau; Martin Veal,
BANES Council Chairman; our team of volunteers from BANES Council;
Paul Smith, AWP Volunteer Coordinator; Melanie Vincent, AWP
Communications Officer; Fabio from the kitchen who provided us with
a fab spread for the Carer's Tea Party; Chris, Manager of Hilliers
Garden Centre who worked with us all day and donated plants; Prior
Park Garden Centre, Downside Nurseries and Sainsbury's, Odd Down,
who donated plants; and Collecteco who lent us hessian sacks and
green bins and took away the rubbish!
General progress on the AWP's gardening initiative is
available on the
AWP in Bloom page - watch out for further news on each unit's
The photo shows Chairman of BANES Martin Veale
with volunteers and staff from Ward 4.