Over the course of a week, apprentices working on Morrison Construction sites have volunteered their time at Spinners Gate Resource Centre in Paisley to landscape the garden.
As part of Morrison Construction’s community benefits scheme three TIGERS (Training Initiatives Generating Effective Results Scotland) apprentices created a path through the garden and a raised perimeter around the potting shed.
The new path has leveled the surface and will prevent the area becoming muddy after rain, creating safer access for service users. The perimeter around the potting shed creates a space for potted plants that are easier to maintain.
Spinners Gate Resource Centre is home to two Renfrewshire Health & Social Care Partnership learning disability services: Community Networks and Gateway, which develop opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism.
Both services use the potting shed enabling the service users to take part in gardening activities throughout the year, which have therapeutic benefits.
Photo: (Back row) Steven Manclark (TIGER trainer), Iain McCall, Candy Clark (Sessional Horticulturist), Peter Kerr, Alison Hemmingsley (Day Service Assistant) and Declan Cairney (TIGER Modern Apprentice). (Front row) Christopher Scott, Jennifer Bowskill and Rachael Sinclair
Morrison Construction Community Skills Manager Jim Johnstone, said: “Morrison Construction has a progressive community initiative programme and the work completed by the apprentices in the Spinners Gate Resource Centre is just one of our many local initiatives being carried out throughout the country.
“The team that completed the landscaping has made the area safer and more accessible for service users. It’s great to see the improvements in the garden due to the hard work of the apprentices who will be back in the garden to do more in the new year.”
Alison Bonnar, Team Leader at Community Networks, said: “The work that the TIGERS apprentices carried out will enable us to use our garden resource all year round, which is fantastic. It was also a great opportunity for our service users to learn about the work TIGERS and Morrison Construction do and for the apprentices to learn about individuals with a learning disability.
“A big thank you from all at Spinners Gate and we are really looking forward to working together again next year.”