Our staff at the sensory garden project

Work is set to start this week on creating a sensory garden on a piece of land in Bradmore. Wolverhampton Homes – the company which manages more than 23,000 council houses on behalf of the council has secured a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver the project – with volunteers from its workforce pitching in to get the work done.

The site, which is on Swanmore Close, just off the Trysull Road in Bradmore, is set to get a makeover over the next two months, with the creation of a sensory garden which housing bosses in the city claim will be ideal for older people – and especially those living with dementia.

Wolverhampton Homes – as part of its commitment to give something back to the local community – will be allowing its staff time away from their day duties to muck in and bring the garden to life.

With more than 3,600 people in Wolverhampton estimated to be living with dementia, Wolverhampton Homes is hoping the new sensory garden allows tenants to keep active, engaged and living independently for as long as possible. They’ll be laying new paths, putting in seating, creating large flower beds and creating a vegetable patch – the idea being that is that it will help stimulate the senses of its visitors so that people can touch, smell and hear things which are familiar.

Lesley Roberts, Chief Executive at Wolverhampton Homes said:

“This all stemmed from an idea a group of staff had. Most of us have seen the devastating effects dementia can have, so I’m really proud we’re doing our bit to help make Wolverhampton a more dementia-friendly city”.

We’ve got a proud record of giving something back to the community and I know it’s a project which is close to many people’s hearts. Hopefully, if the weather is on our side, come the summer, we’ll have a lovely garden the local tenants can really enjoy.”

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