Averill House teams up with Groundwork and The Prince's Trust for dementia-friendly garden projectHC-One’s Averill House care home in Newton Heath, Manchester, has teamed up with charities Groundwork and The Prince’s Trust to help refurbish its dementia-friendly garden area for its Residents.

Teams of volunteers from both charities dedicated their time over ten days to transform the garden area, which included refurbishing furniture and planting new flowers and trees.

The new sensory areas in the garden, which include a colourful display of daffodils and a range of scented herbs, are a recognised method for combating effects of declining cognitive ability.

In addition to Averill House’s existing kind care approaches for people with memory loss, the refurbished garden will enable Residents living with dementia to live a more active and stimulating lifestyle.

To thank the volunteers for all their hard work, staff at Averill House threw a garden party to officially open the new area, with a buffet and prosecco on offer to help everyone celebrate. Residents were overwhelmed by the great effort made by the charities, with Margaret Merchant making a speech to show her appreciation.

Roisin Doyle, Home Manager at Averill House, said: “All of our Residents and staff are delighted with our new garden area and cannot thank Groundwork and The Prince’s Trust enough for their superb efforts. They really have transformed our garden into such a beautiful paradise for our Residents to enjoy.”

“At HC-One, we strive to provide the kindest possible care to all of our Residents, which includes the introduction of new initiatives to enhance their wellbeing. The new garden area is a peaceful space that everyone is looking forward to sitting out in the sunshine.”