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Teen volunteers create garden of delights at Weymouth care home
YOUNGSTERS dug deep to create a sensory garden at a Weymouth care home.
Teenage volunteers transformed the garden at Mount Pleasant Care Home as part of a National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
The group had to do a community project and chose the care home, which offers residential care to the elderly, particularly people with dementia.
NCS leader Bernie John said: “It was overgrown and they have worked really hard clearing the space and getting all the roots out. They made plant holders and a plinth for the water feature.
“Each of them has done at least 30 hours of work and it was hard work but it looks fantastic now.”
The youngsters planned and carried out all the work and fundraised £300 towards the costs of creating the sensory garden, which features scented plants, wind chimes and a water feature. The garden was opened by Weymouth Carnival Queen Gina Hartley.
Paige Sewell, aged 16, of Littlemoor, Weymouth, said it was great to see people enjoying the garden.
She said: “It was really panicked getting it done in time but it’s all come together.
“We had a budget of £500 and did a sponsored walk to raise more money towards it.
“Then we did everything, provided all the materials and did all the manual work.”
Senior carer Jessica Hooley said the garden is something the residents will enjoy for years to come.
“It’s a great idea and a great start for us and now we can upkeep the area more easily.
“All our residents love the garden and people who have dementia can’t get up and touch things so the smells and sounds are really important.”
NCS is a free government programme designed to challenge and inspire school leavers to become part of a more ‘cohesive, supportive and engaged society’ while developing skills and confidence.
Young people get the chance to participate in outdoor activities, meet new people and have the opportunity to give something back.
It includes skills such as leadership and team building, while giving youngsters the opportunity to put their stamp on the community and create their own legacy.
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