Local teenagers from the National Citizen Service (NCS) have been rolling up their sleeves to support a Sanctuary Care home in Harrow this summer.
A group of young people, aged 15 to 17, have been visiting the team and residents at Rowanweald Residential and Nursing Home as part of a national programme, where young people are learning more about making a difference in their local community.
Gardening fun and dementia friends
Making their mark, the budding helpers added a spot of colour to the home’s grounds by transforming the gardens into a sensory delight for residents to enjoy, including those living with dementia.
The gardening enthusiasts – who designed the garden and raised funds for their work – revamped the existing garden furniture, planted flowers and added wind spinners and wind chimes.
Following their hard work, the team at the Weald Lane home hosted a Dementia Friends session – an Alzheimer’s Society initiative, for the young adults to help boost their understanding of dementia and the small things people can do to support those living with dementia.
“I love our new sensory garden”
Sharing their gratitude, 88-year-old resident Margaret Ryan said: “The students were so lovely they did such a good job.”
Fellow resident, Betty Samuels, 90, agreed: I love our new sensory garden, the flowers are beautiful.”
“…a wonderful addition”
The Sanctuary Care home’s manager Noreen Adedeji added: “”We are so delighted with our new sensory garden, the team worked so hard on the project and our residents are genuinely thrilled with the results!
“The idea for the sensory garden came following the opening of our new dementia suites and, as we expected, the new space is a wonderful addition – thank you team NCS.”
The NCS programme aims to help young people build life and work skills whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends by supporting them to develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills on a 60-hour community project that supports local people.