Inspirational sensory garden created by management programme participants

A new sensory garden was unveiled at Yorkshire Housing’s Park View Road residential home for adults with learning disabilities.

It was designed by a team of Yorkshire Housing staff who wanted to offer support to customers who live with disabilities.

Team ‘Inspire’ took part in Yorkshire Housing’s’ Team Leading for Excellence programme where they were challenged to pitch project ideas which solved business problems. Other projects have included running a recruitment day for support workers and marketing Yorkshire Housing catering social enterprise FoodWorks.

‘Making the business better’ projects are just one element of the Institute of Leadership and Management accredited programme which also topics such as coaching, leading change, managing budgets and much more.

‘Inspire’ team member job essential learning advisor Vicky Fern said: “It has been great to work with colleagues from across the Yorkshire Housing. Not only has this given us experience of planning and delivering a project from start to finish, but it was also really good to learn more about ways we can support customers who live with disabilities.”

The garden has been designed to be a calming, stimulating and therapeutic area for people living with autism spectrum disorder. Residents were consulted about the design of the garden to make sure it meets their needs.

The design includes solar powered butterflies, bird baths, a variety of plants including bamboo and poppies, and planters for customers to grow their own plants and herbs.

It was put together by Yorkshire Housing’s in-house gardening service and the LifeWorks gardening project, a horticultural group for adults with learning disabilities. Leading builder and timber merchant Travis Perkins funded materials for the project.

Team ‘Inspire’, included Park View team leader Julie Lawton, customer service and compliance team leader Nazmeen Akhtar, environmental services team leader Robert Agar and job essential learning advisor Vicky Fern

The garden was opened at the Park View Road summer fair, a celebration event for residents and their families with stalls and a bbq. 

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Resident David Johnson (centre) cuts the ribbon, with Yorkshire Housing chief executive Mervyn Jones (left), and project team member Julie Lawton


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