We contributed to we care day 2018 (14 September), when we created a new zen garden at Carlyle Court in Crowthorne, helped people who hoard or experience hoarding at our hoarding support group, and we held a celebration event at Jealott's Hill Community Landshare, which provides therapeutic benefits of horticulture and gardening at the six-acre site.
Investing in the community, creating a zen garden
Teaming up with Allegis Group on their corporate volunteering day, nine volunteers went to Carlyle Court retirement scheme and worked hard to transform a plain concrete area known as the quadrant into a beautiful Japanese rock zen garden where residents can now meet, sit, relax and enjoy with family and visitors, which supports community resilience and reduces social isolation.
Allegis Group brought nine volunteers to create the zen garden.
Jealott's Hill Community Landshare kindly donated materials and planned and prepared all of the features of the garden re-using rubber matting from old playgrounds and a piece of astro-turf donated from Bracknell Town Council, making a tree stump feature, a bench, various rock features and nine succulent plants.
Silva Homes' landscaping team collected, delivered all of the materials along with wheelbarrows and hand tools, enabling the work to take place.
Our hoarding support group is run in partnership with Hoarding Disorders UK – CIC (a community interest company) to help people combat the increasing problem of hoarding and support the community. Trained advisors facilitate the self-help group, offering support and practical solutions for dealing with all levels of hoarding and procrastination. The group is free to join and is open to people who experience hoarding themselves or are the family, friends or carers of people who hoard.
Support group meetings are held from 7pm to 9pm. For more information about the hoarding support group, please click here.
Through these activities, we've pledged over 20 hours to the PlaceShapers Care-ometer. This is part of over 2,000 hours pledged by PlaceShapers - a network of more than 100 community-focused housing associations - around the country.
PlaceShapers chair Sinéad Butters said: “Up and down the country we care day focuses on the rich diversity of ways that our members care for people and communities. Whilst we take great care in providing high-quality homes that are safe and well maintained, we also focus on the people who live in them, working with them and our wider partners to ensure we provide what’s needed. We Care shows what this means on a day-to-day basis.”
Placeshapers is a national network of more than 100 community-focused housing associations. Together PlaceShapers members have 850,000 homes and are building 88,000 more homes by 2022. We provide services to more than two million people. We re-invest 100% of our profits into our homes and communities and have helped more than 60,000 people into work since 2010.