Young police cadets revamp garden at Cavell Court care home in Cringleford
PUBLISHED: 08:32 19 November 2017
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Relationships have been developed between different generations after young volunteers revamped a care home garden.
The community project at Cavell Court on Dragonfly Lane, Cringleford, was led by youngsters from the South Norfolk Police cadets.
The renovated outdoor space now boasts newly-painted garden tables and chairs, an improved sensory area and plenty of handmade enclosures to attract local wildlife.
Richard Lawson, Cavell Court home manager, said: “We’re so grateful to the police cadets who helped spruce up our garden.
“The project proved to be a real success and you could see from the residents’ faces just how much they enjoyed spending time with the cadets. “Intergenerational relationships have been proven to be beneficial to older people, and it was clear that the residents at Cavell Court really enjoyed the afternoon.
“The outdoors has many therapeutic benefits for older people, not least because it’s give them the opportunity to get back to nature, but it can also improve mood, concentration and relieve stress.
“We hope the garden will bring much joy to residents and visitors over the coming years.”
The cadets introduced more plants to the garden including panola pansies, begonias, bellis reds and dwarf conifers.
They also helped care home residents make fat balls for the birds and created colourful decorations, including pinwheels, to brighten up the outside space.
Some 40 handmade bird boxes, made from donated wood from Jewson builders’ merchant, were added to the garden.
After the project was completed, the cadets joined residents, their relatives and the Care UK team, which runs Cavell Court, for a firework display.
Young people who join Norfolk Police’s volunteer police cadets group get to learn skills for future employment, citizenship skills, make positive life choices, and influence the shape of the community and police service of the future.
They also help at events including the Royal Norfolk Show, town fairs, carnivals and charity events.
Visit www.norfolk.police.uk/join-us/police-cadets for more details.
Visit www.careuk.com/cavell-court or call 01603 856835.