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Rings of success for South Staffordshire teens

Young people in South Staffordshire came up smelling of roses when they officially opened an older people’s garden in Huntington, which they redesigned with an Olympic theme.

Over six weeks a team of 15 young people transformed the garden at Naden House, which is a sheltered housing scheme managed by Care Plus, on behalf of South Staffordshire Housing Association.

The work conducted included designing an area of the garden with the Olympic rings, fashioned out of coloured gravel, producing a crown sculptured from willow as a reminder of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, transforming a herb and apple garden and decorating the sun room. During July and August the 16 and 17 year olds took part in a government-funded programme called ‘Summer of a Lifetime’. Each volunteer spent a minimum of 30 hours working on the scheme, which was organised by Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services, on behalf of the ‘V’ Inspired project. The young people chose to work on the garden project after a bid from Naden House to the youth service to be involved in an intergenerational project to break down age barriers. The young people raised nearly £2000, both in donations of goods and cash, to make the improvements. Di Wallace, Care Plus’ supported living co-ordinator at Naden House, said: “The older people in our scheme have been excited and overwhelmed by the work done by the young people. Not only has it created a permanent reminder of what has proved to be a momentous year, but our residents have really enjoyed building up relationships with the teenagers. The young people have done a fantastic job, and we can’t thank them enough.” Lisa Corbett, a development worker at the Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services, added: “We are so proud of how the young people have planned and delivered the project in conjunction with the residents of Naden House. Everyone has been really pleased with their commitment and enthusiasm. This project has been just like DIY SOS with so many items donated and offers of help freely given to the young people.” Dobbies Garden Centre and Wickes were two of the companies which donated materials used in the project.