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A garden makeover in a safe environment

During lockdown, individuals we support at Endurance Care: Rectory House, Kent, were supported by staff to develop a garden project that aimed to make the garden a more inviting place for everyone we support to relax and enjoy their time.

The project was led by Lisa Fletcher, Support Worker at Rectory House, who worked with her team to create ideas on how to improve the look and accessibility of the garden to benefit the individuals we support.

“It was important that we gained feedback and took onboard the ideas of the individuals we support, as the garden is their place to have fun and spend time in a safe environment during the pandemic,” said Lisa.

All colleagues followed the latest government guidelines surrounding socially distanced visits and organised for two gazebos to be built, allowing for family and friends to visit in a safe space. A memorial bench was also placed in remembrance for a long-time resident of Rectory House, who sadly died in 2018, with flowers being planted near the bench.

The project promoted active participation amongst staff and the individuals we support, with everyone taking part in painting the garden furniture, planting fresh flowers, and putting soil in the new potting area.

Jill Hopcroft, Regional Operations Manager, was pleased by how the service has kept a positive attitude during these challenging times: “Our team at Rectory House have shown great initiative and creativity in organising this garden project which has really benefited the lives of the individuals we support, who were able to get involved and have a garden that meets their needs.”

National Care Group are pleased to see the incredible work being done at Rectory House, with everyone working hard to transform the space and create an environment which allows everyone to thrive, even with the current COVID restrictions in place.

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