Green-fingered Link staff transform gardens as part of LinkGiving

Staff from Horizon Housing Association rolled up their sleeves recently to help create an outdoor sensory area for Capability Scotland’s Wallace Court service in Elderslie, as part of LinkGiving 2017.

LinkGiving gives Link staff the opportunity to go the extra mile to help make a difference to the local communities in which Link has a presence.  It involves staff giving up some time from work to take part in voluntary activities to benefit local communities.

Staff helped to build and create a sensory area for the twenty adult residents who live in Wallace Court. Over three days, more than 25 staff and volunteers prepared the ground, created a wheelchair accessible pathing area, powered the sensory shed with lighting, heating and sockets, insulated and installed plywood internally, and painted the shed inside and out.

This new sensory garden will allow residents to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tactile elements of the local wildlife which often visits the grounds.

Kelly McGahan, Property Services Officer with Horizon Housing Association Ltd who organised the project said: “I am thrilled that we were able to create such a resourceful sensory garden.  What started as a short conversation between John Sheridan and myself regarding a donated shed and their vision for it, developed into this wonderful outdoor area for the residents to use. 

I would like to thank Sidey Ltd, Ross Electrical, MCN Ltd, Dulux, CED Natural Stone, Autocare, the Brock Garden Centre, SMPS Joinery, MGM Timber and KSA Tool
Hire Ltd for their generous donations to the project.”

John Sheridan, Service Manager at Wallace Court, added: “The contribution from Horizon has had a truly transformational impact on our original humble plans for an outdoor sensory area at Wallace Court. They have taken it to a level we could never have achieved on our own. As well as making the area accessible, they provided additional features and created a welcoming, heated indoor viewing area. It was uplifting to see the staff and their partner companies give so generously of their time and resources. Everyone involved was working enthusiastically despite the cold wet weather. Everyone at Wallace Court is excited to have this new resource and rest assured we are going to have many years of pleasure in the new facility.”

Craig Sanderson, Chief Executive Link Group Ltd, said: “The enthusiasm and hard work shown by the LinkGiving team was fantastic and I am proud to hear that this project was a success.”

LinkGiving was established in 2009 and since then teams of Link employees have worked on a variety of projects, ranging from redecorating hostels for homeless people in Edinburgh, cleaning a stretch of the Forth and Clyde canal in Falkirk, improving the grounds at Camphill Blair Drummond to creating a garden space at the Hayfield Centre in Glasgow.