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Volunteers transform day centre garden

Ian Hughes 31st Jul, 2017

THE GARDENS of a day centre in Stratford for people with complex needs have been transformed by a team of volunteers as part of a corporate community day.

A team from Vodafone spent the day working at Brookbank on Alcester Road a service run by Heart of England Mencap.

They dug in deep to transform the outside space for the people with learning disabilities that Brookbank supports – painting fences and posts, building accessible raised beds, and clearing and planting to create a lovely outdoor space.

Heart of England Mencap chief executive Helena Wallis said: “We are so grateful to the staff at Vodafone for choosing our charity for their corporate team day.

“Their contribution will make such a difference to the people we support at Brookbank, many of whom have a range of profound learning and physical disabilities. Having an outdoor space that is calming, with the opportunity to plant seeds and watch them grow, feed the birds and have a very nice open space is really important for the people we support, helping them to engage with nature and to reduce feelings of anxiety.”

Vodaphone spokeswoman Claire John said: “During our previous visits to the Heart of England Mencap centres we’ve seen first-hand the great work they do, it’s a pleasure to help.”

Heart of England Mencap supports individuals with learning disabilities, working across Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Services range from day activities to residential care, with supported living, short breaks, respite and outreach also a key part of the charity’s work.

Visit www.heartofenglandmencap.org.uk for further details.

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