Victoria Lodge in Wisbech seeks community help with garden makeover
Wisbech-based Victoria Lodge Day Services is looking for volunteers and donations to help them improve their garden.
The lodge is a lovely safe place for adults to come to learn and improve skills in all sorts of ways.
The centre is run by Cambridgeshire County Council and provides day opportunities to adults with learning difficulties and older people some with dementia, running classes and workshops such as woodwork, cooking and supporting with independence skills.
Staff are revamping the lodge’s garden space including a sensory area in time for summer for their adults to use. So far, the garden makeover team have managed to clear beds, build a new shed, re-paint fences and windows ledges, put up a new sail for shade and brought some new furniture.
Students from The College of West Anglia (Wisbech Campus) have been getting work experience by assisting in the makeover. They are building a planter, and painting and decorating furniture.
However, they still need donations of garden materials – new plants/ flowers /herbs/ veg and fruit plants/ soil/ gravel/ hanging baskets - and more people to carry out the gardening/building work that is involved in the project.
Cllr Susan van de Ven, Vice-Chair of the Adults and Health Committee, said: “We are looking for plants, garden materials, wood, paint etc. This project will benefit many people at a time where mental health and well-being is paramount.
“The garden hasn’t been touched for years so we want to spruce it up to make it a better environment for people to use in the warmer months. We are hoping to create a sensory area where people can come and benefit from being close with nature to support their well-being.”
For more information or to find out how to donate, contact Emma at Victoria Lodge on 01354 750335.