Weymouth Teens Build Sensory Garden For Nursing Home
8:56am 24th February 2014
Teenage Volunteers have reached out to help improve the lives of disabled adults in Weymouth.
The town's Prince's Trust group, Weymouth Team 23, have been upgrading the sensory room and garden in Kirtleton Avenue residential care home.
The thirteen young people raised all the money needed by bag packing in ASDA and also pitched their ideas to Synergy Housing, who provided sponsorship. Travis Perkins donated materials and the group did all the labour themselves with a bit of guidance from past team members.
The sensory room is now full of different coloured lights and mirrors, and the garden has raised beds to allow residents in wheelchairs to enjoy gardening too. The team have also planted trees and flowers with distinctive types of smells, such as roses.
Wessex FM attended a handover ceremony on Friday the 21st of February, where the Princes Trust group took attendees on a tour to display their finished work.
Many of the residents have profound and multiple disabilities, member of the Princes Trust group Kennedy Cooper told us it was a challenging environment, "Because it's not in the normal category I've found it extremely difficult. I've overcome personal obstacles here, and it's been absolutely fantastic. We're seeing the lives of other people improve, and we're also showing the public that not all young people are as bad as they think."
Kennedy continued to say that helping at the home has lead to him discovering what he wants do later in life, "I hated school, I failed in school completely- got told I was never going to be anyone. I've now been given the chance and opportunity to go to University in September to pursue a career in social work. It's opened up my path and my eyes to what's out there for me."
Becky Matthews, Activities Co-ordinator at Kirtleton Avenue over saw the project and said she was delighted with the results, adding that the whole team had worked well together and what they had achieved would really help residents.