Community project to spruce up gardens

Merseyside / June 05

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has teamed up with Merseyside Police and young people in Knowsley to spruce up the outdoor space at a care home for people with dementia.

Jane Kennedy’s team united with Merseyside Police’s Community Engagement Unit to organise the community day at the John Joseph Powell resident care home on High Street in Prescot.

Staff from the Commissioner’s office and members of her Youth Advisory Group, local PCSOs, police cadets and students from a number of local schools joined forces to clean up the care home’s outside garden area, refurbishing the garden furniture, cleaning up the patio area and repotting and planting a range of colourful and sensory new flowers.

The garden area is well used by the residents and families of the care home who use it as a space for relaxing and socialising, while many of the rooms also overlook the green space.

The Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, said: “We were delighted to work alongside the police and some local schools on this project to revitalise and refresh this lovely garden for the residents of the John Joseph Powell care home.

“The gardens are a wonderful place for the residents to relax and I hope by arranging this community clean-up day they will have a calming, attractive and pleasant place to spend the warmer summer months. My thanks to everyone who took part and did do such a great job.”

Inspector John Sacker from Merseyside Police’s Community Engagement team added: “We were really pleased to join the Commissioner’s office to organise this community clean-up day.

“With the help of local young people and a bit of hard work, we have been able to bring this garden back to life for the benefit of residents. Hopefully, this will have a lasting positive impact for those living at and visiting the care home.”

The event was supported by Tesco in Prescot who donated £100 worth of vouchers to pay for gardening materials and refreshments for volunteers on the day.