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Teens create Sheffield memorial garden

Members of National Citizenship Service (Groundworks) creating a memorial garden at Park View Care Home in Ecclesfield

Members of National Citizenship Service (Groundworks) creating a memorial garden at Park View Care Home in Ecclesfield

A group of Sheffield youngsters have transformed a care home by planting a memorial garden for its residents.

Young people aged 15 to 17 taking part in the National Citizenship Scheme overhauled the green space at Park View care home on Sicey Avenue, Ecclesfield.

The home specialises in caring for elderly people with Alzheimer’s and the garden will allow residents to relax in the space and remember loved ones who have died.

The National Citizens Service programme is a scheme for pupils in school Year 11 and 12

Jake Dungworth, aged 17, from Aston, worked on the project with about 10 other people also on the programme with Sheffield charity Groundwork.

He said: “It has gone really well. We have planted some nice-smelling flowers, poppies and lavender, and created a space where residents of the home can spend time.

“The home is in memory of a former resident called Becky who died about two years ago.

“We contacted several care homes telling them we wanted to do something to help but this was the cause that we thought was the most appropriate.

“One of the residents said ‘young people aren’t all bad’ when she saw it.

“We feel very proud that we have done something to make a difference.

“We wanted to give something back to the community, and the programme has really helped us improve our skills.”

The NCS programme is administered by The Football League Trust in partnership with sports organisations such as Groundwork, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

This year more than 1,000 young people in the city have been taking part.

 

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