Surprise makeover for G1 garden. @SHSCFT

The garden at Grenoside Grange, our dementia inpatient ward, has been given a surprise makeover thanks to national building and maintenance contractor United Living.

A team of 11 volunteers, including staff from United Living and representatives from Sheffield City Council and the Trust, spent the day transforming the garden and facilities on offer to residents at Grenoside Grange (also known as G1).

This included adding colour and sensory stimuli by painting fences, building raised flower beds to encourage residents to get outside and grow flowers, herbs and vegetables, planting an apple tree and installing an electrical point to allow for music to be played outdoors.

The team also built a brand new shed and workspace, which will give residents the chance to regain a sense of independence and work on practical projects such as woodwork.

Claire Jepson, Occupational Therapist at Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We can’t thank United Living enough for choosing us to be the recipient of their community day. They have been so generous not only with the items they donated, but with the time they gave us as well.”

“Lots of our residents want to keep physically fit despite their illness, and things like the new shed will encourage them to get outside and keep busy – it’s going to make such difference to their day-to-day lives.”

The works were part of United Living’s annual community day, where the business puts forward more than half of its entire workforce – 350 members of staff – to each donate a day of their time towards community projects across the country.

Ian Burnett, Chief Executive of United Living, said: “People and communities are at the heart of everything we do as a construction and maintenance business. That’s why every year we ensure that one day is dedicated exclusively to supporting projects and initiatives which are making a real difference in the areas where we work.”

The garden was officially launched at a special party, which gave G1 ward staff and residents the opportunity to thank United Living for all their hard work.