Teenage volunteers create dementia friendly care home garden


image2THE OWLS National Citizenship Service (NCS) has created a dementia friendly garden at The Laurels and The Limes care home in Sheffield.


Dozens of teenage volunteers, aged between 15 and 17, from the Sheffield Wednesday NCS visited the home over several weeks to carry out for the work.


They spruced up garden furniture, built a bird bath, added flower beds and a bench, and created areas for birds to nest so the residents could enjoy the local wildlife.


Dawn Newman, Home Manager at The Laurels and The Limes, on Manchester Road, said: “We can’t thank the volunteers enough for giving up their time to help revamp our garden and make it an even more enjoyable environment for our residents – especially those living with dementia.


“The home is a specialist dementia care home, also offering professional nursing and residential care for the elderly. We have a lot of residents with dementia and they enjoy the garden immensely. It brings them peace and comfort.


“The work carried out by the volunteers will be enjoyed by the residents for years to come.”


Levi Ashton, from the Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, said: “It’s always a pleasure to see our NCS participants in their social action time, choosing to do good for others and destroying the myth of the teenagers today.


“It brings us at SWFC NCS great pleasure to see the work they have put into the garden at The Laurels and The Limes and the legacy they have generated during NCS.”


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