VOLUNTEERS and charity workers came together to create a sensory garden to be enjoyed by residents at a Sheffield care home.
Students from Sheffield University’s Management School joined volunteers from law firm Irwin Mitchell and workers from Business in the Community to carry out the work at Housteads in Richmond Park Grove, Richmond.
Now residents of the Sheffcare-run home can enjoy the sights, sounds and fragrances of the garden throughout the spring and summer months.
A grant from the Church Burgesses charitable organisation was put together with the £2,000 raised by the students and volunteers to fund the project and they also received a donation of four sets of patio tables and chairs from the former Ha Ha Bar and Grill in the Peace Gardens.
Jodie Cole from Sheffcare, who started the project, said: “The team raised more than £2,000 in total.
“They still have part of that left, which is due to be spent on a pergola to act as a main feature of the garden.
“They also plan to commission some maintenance work to ensure the garden will be kept looking fresh – and the residents can also be involved in he gardening work if they wish.”
Duncan Bell, chief executive of Sheffcare, said: “We saw this as an excellent way to involve one of our homes in the local community.
“It was also a great way to give students the opportunity to develop their skills in project management, fundraising and manual work, providing them with valuable volunteering experience that can demonstrate their employability and selflessness to potential employers.’’