As part of its commitment to improving people’s health and wellbeing, Warwickshire County Council recently challenged social care providers – including care homes and day centres – to get staff and customers to collaborate on creating communal gardens.
The council encouraged local providers to engage their communities and get outside to improve their outdoor areas and in turn benefit the wellbeing of the customers and staff who can use the shared spaces.
On 28 January 2019, the Way Ahead Project and care home Warford Lodge were recognised for their efforts, with Councillor Les Caborn, WCC Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing, delivering prizes and certificates.
Way Ahead, a local project supporting homeless people, created a peaceful therapeutic garden, also being highly commended on the broad range of produce grown which customers can make into salads and green tomato chutney. Warford Lodge were praised for their garden and especially recognised for their work done with a limited budget, made possible by collecting plant donations from the Salvation Army’s supporters.
Cllr Caborn said: “I would like to congratulate both Way Ahead and Warford Lodge on their fantastic efforts engaging with their communities to create these beautiful green spaces for customers to benefit from. Spending time outdoors, tending to a garden or socialising with friends are all great ways to improve your personal wellbeing and it’s great that our providers are encouraging these positive activities.”
WCC is planning a similar gardening initiative for later this year.