Sensory Garden To Be Created For Care Home Residents
A team of green-fingered lawyers from Irwin Mitchell solicitors, joined forces with a national hearing charity to begin creating a special sensory garden for deaf and deafblind residents at a Walsall care home.
The first stage of the ambitious project saw the team of lawyers joining charity workers from Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the Royal National Institute for Deafness) and a number of residents from the care home, who all got stuck in to help clear the garden at Lysways House in Walsall .
Louise Scott, a solicitor and workplace hearing loss specialist from Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham Office, who organised the volunteering event, commented: “Hearing loss and deaf blindness are far more common than people realise so it is great for us to be able to commit to building the sensory garden and at the same time help raise public awareness about this life changing disability.
“We all had a great day clearing the garden and we’re really looking forward to the next stage later this year, when we can start getting really creative with the re-planting.
“The sensory garden will give the residents at the Walsall care home an outdoor space which has been specially designed for them and will help to improve their quality of life. It has also given some of the residents the opportunity to get directly involved with this exciting project which they really enjoyed.”
Louise, who spends much of her spare time carrying out volunteer work for the charity, was nominated to receive a regional award for ‘Delivering Results for the RNID’ in recognition of her efforts.
Action on Hearing Loss is the largest charity in the UK for hearing loss and is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. As part of its centenary celebrations local supporters and members of the Irwin Mitchell team were recently honoured with an invitation to attend a birthday party at Buckingham Palace, which was hosted by HRH Prince Philip – an event which coincided with his own 90th birthday.