By Adam Gretton
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Residents of a care home in Attleborough received a boost following the creation of a revamped garden by a group of Prince’s Trust volunteers.
Ten young people completed the garden project at the Oak Trees home on Friday after planning and raising funds for the week-long work as part of a 12 week Prince’s Trust course.
The participants from the Attleborough and Thetford areas helped make raised beds, a sensory garden, vegetable plot and wheelchair friendly pathways as part of a community project.
The youngsters are five weeks into the Prince’s Trust team programme, run by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, which aims to get them into employment or education.
Kerrie Good, operations manager at the Flagship Housing-run Oak Trees, which is a respite care home for people with learning difficulties, said she was “made up” with the finished project and was full of praise for the youngsters who turned a mound of grass into an attractive garden.
“They have worked so hard and they have been brilliant interacting with our customers. They have shown that young people can work extremely hard and be motivated and professional,” she said.
The Prince’s Trust team were put in touch with the Attleborough home by PC Gary Szabo, of the Attleborough Safer Neighbourhood Team.
Fay Crangle, of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, said the young people had learnt a lot of new skills as well as working in a team, fundraising and learning how to negotiate with businesses. Their Prince’s Trust experience will conclude with a three week work placement of their choosing, a week-long residential team building exercise and working with people in the community.
The group received donations and help from Taylors Petfoods in Attleborough, East of England Tree Surgeons and Besthorpe Garden Centre.