Garden transformed by volunteers

Volunteers with Vicarage Court residents and staff
Volunteers with Vicarage Court residents and staff

A RESIDENTIAL homes’ garden has been transformed thanks to the help of young volunteers.

The outdoor space around Vicarage Court Residential Home, in Studley Road, Hartlepool, has been totally refurbished.

The refurbished garden area at Vicarage Court.

The refurbished garden area at Vicarage Court.

Members of the Burn Valley National Citizen Scheme (NCS) transformed the garden after hearing it was in desperate need of a makeover.

Lee Coxon, a key worker on the project, said the team had done a great job.

He said: “They really enjoy this work as before they joined the NCS, they were unconfident and didn’t know what to expect. Yet as the weeks passed they excelled, their confidence increased and they attended all sessions.”

The garden’s official opening saw young and old unite as the volunteers and the residents enjoyed the garden together and took part in a tea and scone event.

A plaque was also unveiled stating that the Burn Valley NCS had completed the work.

Mr Coxon said the group had received a lot of responses from the community after offering to help worthwhile causes.

He added: “We handed out a questionnaire in the Burn Valley area and got a lot of responses, a lot of which were just random people wanting us to do their gardens for them. However, two responses stood out.

“One was from an old lady who was partially disabled and couldn’t tend to her garden herself, so we helped her.

“The second of which was from Vicarage Court and we went along to see what needed to be done and they already had a piece of paper written up with what they needed.”

The NCS aims to bring together 16-year-olds from different backgrounds around the country to become community volunteers and join in outdoor pursuits.

Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he hopes participation in the non-military, voluntary form of national service will become a “rite of passage” for all teenagers.

It is part of the leader’s “Big Society” initiative to create more volunteers and foster neighbourhood spirit.

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