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Garden transformation praised at awards

A project that saw people from all walks of life join forces to transform the gardens at a day centre in Swansea has been praised at a national awards ceremony.

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The initiative at St John's Day Service brought together residents with dementia and marginalised groups, including adults with a learning disability and people from homeless, drug and alcohol charities, along with other volunteers including a team from Principality Building Society, for a DIY SOS-style challenge.

They all pitched in to clear overgrowth and paths, plant flowers and shrubs, install an outdoor seating area and made and put up bird boxes at the centre in Cwmbwrla.

The project has been highly commended in the biennial Accolades which are organised by Social Care Wales to celebrate and share excellent practice in social work, social care, early years and childcare.

Cllr Mark Child, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Care, Health and Wellbeing said: "The new gardens have made a real difference to the day service users and the wider community as the gardens are open to all.

"I would like to thank and congratulate all those who have been involved and I'm delighted that their efforts have been recognised at these awards."

The awards ceremony was attended by Huw Irranca-Davies, Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care.

He said: "The National Social Care Accolades is a celebration of the fantastic work done by so many people within the sector. It's an opportunity to share examples of excellent practice, which can in turn inspire others to strive for improvement and can attract and motivate others to work within this vital area.

"It was encouraging to see so many excellent projects among the finalists. Many congratulations to all involved in the Accolades, you should all be very proud of your achievements."

 

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