Last month, our Enable team undertook a very special project in the grounds of York House, part the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) in York.
In a single day, young people currently being supported by SASH transformed a piece of donated land into a brand new sensory garden for the centre’s service users to enjoy.
With plants, tools and garden accessories generously donated by our long-standing Enable partners Homebase, the team got to work on 10 August to create a facility that will bring pleasure to service users for years to come.
Natalie Atkinson, Occupational Therapist at York House, explained why the garden would be helpful:
“Being on the rehabilitation unit can be quite a noisy and pressured environment for service users. It’s difficult living with other people, there’s always staff around, so just having that outside quiet space that’s off the unit is going to help people’s well-being.
One of our handymen got involved and gave advice on what herbs to get, so we can have different smells and we put in chimes to provide a nice sound for people to relax to. A lot of work was done on the day but there’s still more to do – we have more plants to go in pots and we want to put up some lighting.
The day itself brought a lot of people together. Everyone got involved painting things, painting pots and old tyres, digging out the old compost heap. We’re all really impressed at how hard the young people worked. Gary (SASH Enable Project Coordinator) and Alice from CYC kept the whole team together, and we are really grateful to Homebase for all their help.”
Gary said: “This was one of our favourite Enable Projects! The young people, staff and clients worked hard together to make the sensory garden which the clients were delighted with. All of our young people were really happy to be able to contribute. ”
‘Enable’ is part of our SASH Active programme, a key part of our Supported Lodgings service. SASH Active relies entirely on donations from businesses and individuals. If you would like to help fund the programme, please get in touch with Gary Hogg or call us on 01904 652043.