22 August 2016

Volunteers dig it at Sandalwood

CapwideVoluntStaff from Nationwide and Capita Travel and Events each gave a day of hard work weeding, planting and tidying areas of the grounds to create peaceful, restful environments for service users, staff and carers.

Nationwide worked on the site's large garden, which had been developed as part of AWP in Bloom in 2014 but needed refreshing. Now completed, the garden includes lavender benches, a freshly-painted and renovated shed, a vegetable garden and willow tree sculptures which will be displayed in the reception area.

Occupational therapy support worker Ollie Cook said the space represented much more than a garden to the residents of Windswept. He said, "It needed doing as the last refresh was a few years back. It's a relaxing space and one of the more popular gardens where people can come and feel peaceful.

"There's also practical things for people to do such as the vegetable garden so it's really important it's up to scratch for the residents and service users. It helps with their recovery."

Capita Travel and Events worked on a small, overgrown area that had not really been used before, completely transforming it into a calm, sensory garden.

Windswept Ward Manager Judith King said, "The team totally recreated a nightmare space into the garden we thought we could only dream about.

"At the end of the day when our service users saw the transformation for the first time one commented, 'it feels really peaceful and calm!'"

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