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Residents launch new garden after hard work in lockdown

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11 MAY

Residents launch new garden after hard work in lockdown

By timesecholife on in Uttoxeter news

OUTSIDE spaces at a care complex have undergone a dramatic transformation during the Covid pandemic, thanks to the efforts of residents and staff. A community garden and a new snack shack formed part of the revamp at Highfield Hall and Highfield Court Village Complex.

The new outdoor facilities were officially opened on May 1 by former Uttoxeter Town Mayor, Cllr Sue McGarry. Part of the Rushcliffe Care Group, Highfield Hall offers a person-centred approach for residential adults with learning difficulties.

The work on the gardens and on renovating a summerhouse into the ‘Snack Shack’ was funded by grants from East Staffordshire Borough Council, Uttoxeter Lions and The Woodland Trust as well as sponsorship events and fundraising efforts by residents. Cllr McGarry also presented the Highfield Activity Hub with a further £1,700, raised by her Mayoral fundraising, for future activity projects for the residents.

An opening ceremony, with Cllr McGarry joined by owner of the complex Surjit Rai and assistant director learning disability services, Lisa Orme.

Lisa said: “Sue has always been a valued supporter and friend to the residents at Highfield over the last two years. The residents made her cards and gifts in return. The residents here have worked really hard during the Covid times to create not only a ‘Community Garden’ within the grounds, but also to totally revamp an old summer house into a beautiful ‘Snack Shack’.

“All the work has been completed by the residents themselves with support from the onsite activity team and they are so proud of all they have achieved. We work constantly with the residents here at Highfield using a person-centred approach to ensure that things that are important to them are achieved through lots of active support.

“They have planned everything at meetings prior to applying for various grants, to actually working on their projects and attaining their goals. The finished area looks amazing and has led to a really positive vibe around the site.

“The past year has been such a challenge supporting adults with already complex needs to live safely during the pandemic whilst maintaining their health and wellbeing. My personal thanks to all the staff, residents and understanding families who have carried us all through.”

Mel Brian, Pete Andrews and Lisa Birks all work on the Highfield Activity team and supported residents as they undertook the project – and the hard work, during lockdown.

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