Over the last few months one of our Independent Living residents and the daughter of a tenant in one of the bungalows have worked very hard on a new project. They came up with an idea how to improve the appearance of a section of the garden. They also wanted to make it more accessible. Finally, after a lot of hard work, the project is finished. The work the two ladies have done transformed an overgrown and untidy area near the Independent Living flats into a dedicated Sensory Sanctuary for use by all who live in the home. We called it “The Garden of Contemplation”.
Celebrating the achievement
We wanted to celebrate their achievement. For this reason last Saturday, 31 July, we held the opening ceremony to which we invited all Independent Living residents and their families. Bernard Freeman, the director, and his wife also attended, as did Jane, the Independent Living Co-ordinator. The ceremony started with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, which is in the shape of a butterfly. Bernard gave a speech in which he expressed his appreciation to those who worked on the project. The guests then had an opportunity to look around the transformed Garden of Contemplation. The celebrations had to move indoors as the weather threatened with rain. We held a small get-together in the Independent Living lounge, which itself has recently been refurbished.
Our first event after lockdown
This was the first time in many months that we were able to have such a function. During the pandemic we had to suspend our social events. We hope there will be opportunities for many more in the coming months.
We also want to express our thanks to the Catering Manager and his team who prepared a delicious selection of foods for the occasion.