GVA employees across the country are volunteering with Groundwork to transform care home gardens to support people with dementia and encourage people to use outdoor spaces more to improve health and wellbeing.
On 9 February, a team of eight GVA employees volunteered with Groundwork to transform the first care home garden in Maidstone, Kent. The team got straight to work and spent the day bringing the garden to life by planting memory beds with familiar scented plants and flowers, developing the canopy over the seating area, laying turf and developing a growing patch.
The transformation of the garden will provide an experience of the outdoors that has been lost as a result of the restrictions that dementia brings, allowing people to enjoy the outdoor space and even grow their own vegetables.
Natasha Lee, Corporate Responsibility Assistant at GVA said: "GVA's people's chosen charity partner is the Alzheimer's Society and staff are always very keen to do more than just fundraising for them. We have a very active partnership where we continue to learn more about dementia, conduct pro-bono work for them, improve the properties we manage to become more dementia friendly as well as carry out volunteering across the UK.
"The dementia garden's project was a great link to us supporting the Alzheimer's Society and this volunteering opportunity had immediate interest from our staff. We encourage volunteering at GVA because it allows our staff to give back to their communities and also further their understanding about dementia when working directly at a care centre. The Maidstone project was a successful pilot and we look forward to all the garden projects lined up where we can continue to make a lasting difference."
GVA employees will continue to volunteer with Groundwork to transform care home gardens across the country as well as volunteering at the garden celebration events, allowing the new space to be enjoyed by service users, families and friends.
Groundwork is working with Learning through Landscapes on a pioneering project to support people with dementia by transforming outdoor spaces at 30 care homes across the UK. Groundwork is managing and delivering the landscaping works, ensuring the vision of local care homes to create outdoor spaces their residents can enjoy. Find out more.
Find out more about corporate environmental volunteering opportunities with Groundwork