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Transformed outdoor space

Transformed outdoor space

To help provide young residents at a supported housing scheme in Buxton with somewhere to sit outside and chat, a garden makeover has taken place that has transformed the backyard from a run-down space into an outdoor area Alan Titchmarsh would be proud of!

A team of three members of staff, led by Senior Project Worker Michael who came up with all the ideas and with Life Skills Coach Kerry as artist, had help from young residents with the work.

Weeds have been cleared, old pots removed, the shed has been painted and the wall given a completely new look with a rainbow and positive quote central to the design.

Creative and cost-effective actions have been taken, including making new plant potholders from recycled dog food cans.

Commenting on the garden work, Dave Moore, Head of Support for Adullam Homes, said: “The High Peak team provides support for young people aged 18 to 25, many of whom have come from living in care, to prepare them for living independently in the community.

“Working on the garden has provided experience of teamwork, and the finished result means they have somewhere they can socially interact with each other, staff and visitors. It’s a great result.”

Adullam Homes Housing Association has similar projects for young people in other parts of Derbyshire, in Greater Manchester and in Leicestershire. Adullam is a specialist provider of quality housing and support services and houses and supports 1,000 people at any one time in England and Wales.

Images show: (right) repainted wall and (left) plant holders created from recycled dog food cans.