Young people create sensory garden for brain injury trust

Published Friday, 11th August 2017

A sensory garden has been built for the first time yesterday (10 August) by young volunteers at a York rehabilitation service for people with brain injuries.

Co-ordinated by City of York Council and SASH, service users and staff from the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’s York House pitched in alongside young people who have experienced homelessness to create a garden with plants donated by Homebase. The sensory garden will not only look great, but is planned to feel, smell, sound and taste good too.

The young people from Safe and Sound Homes (SASH) and volunteers from Homebase work together in a three-year-old project called Enable. It helps young people learn new skills in gardening or decorating from more experienced people who may themselves need a helping hand. This is Enable’s fifteenth makeover to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in York.

Working with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust also gives those young people a taste of a career in health and social care and a chance to learn more about facing up to the challenges of living with a brain injury.

Councillor Sam Lisle, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods, said: “This has been an inspiring and rewarding day for all involved and shows once again the good that can be done by people coming together to make a difference. In our third year of Enable, we’re helping young people gain the skills to help them, one day, successfully run and maintain a home of their own.”

Simon White, store manager at Homebase, York which has provided materials and whose staff have volunteered their time to help, said: “Homebase and SASH form a great partnership to help the young people of York. Gary and the team at SASH do a fantastic job. We as a team at Homebase York have really enjoyed the activities that we have been a part of, and look forward to continuing and building on these projects.

Gary Hogg, SASH active project co-ordinator, said: “We are all very proud of Enable and the 14 projects that we have completed with City of York Council and Homebase. On Enable 15 we are all looking forward to working with our new partner York House.

“Enable is a simple idea of people coming together to help each other. In doing so our young people are given the opportunity to learn new skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem, forge new friendships and be involved in the local communities in which they live. Homebase’s generosity in providing materials ensures this programme continues and we’re very grateful for its support.”

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