Putting LOL back into peoples lives means no one is left behind so The Chappell centre got a large raised bed with an elevated section for wheelchair users to access.
Initially we met with the management of the Day centre in order to discuss their expectations and requirements and to timetable for the days of the practical sessions delivery.
The initial consultation with the management of the day centres identified both their needs and the diverse range of abilities to ensure inclusion and rewards for all.
The Chappell Centre (Spalding ) engaged their day centre clients in activities such as carrying timber from the trailer to the site, painting the timber and positioning the timber into the raised bed , with a more raised section suitable for wheelchair access and to wheelbarrow topsoil from the trailer to the raised beds.
We supplied the participants with growing kit propagators and veg seeds, so that they could sow and germinate veg seeds that will be transplanted into the raised bed.
The project became 6 morning or afternoon sessions, with at least two hours of physical activity to engage the day centre clients with gardening activity sessions. It was important to us that we talked to the day centre management to develop a bespoke plan that was exactly what they wanted.
What did we learn
How to work together as a team for the benefit of the community, using their own resilience, confidence and determination, seeing physical and mental divergence as a blessing rather than disabilities.
The workforce has been upskilled and safety training accessed, learning woodworking, horticultural, and risk assessment prior to learning the safe system of work for hand tools such as soil auger, post holer, sawing, spades, wheelbarrows, sprayers and potting tools.
As for the final pictures, why not come see for yourself.