SUPPORTED housing residents in Winshill have been given a brand new garden, complete with wooden pergola, courtesy of a housing association.
Sanctuary Supported Living’s Epworth House, in Wyndham Crescent, has been given a breath of fresh air following the work, which saw volunteers work alongside Trent and Dove Housing, which funded the improvements.
Tenants were given a choice of which layout they wanted, before the team set to work on making it a reality.
Jan Wood, Epworth House local service manager, said: “The garden looks absolutely beautiful with the pergola in place and our residents are delighted with it.
“It’s really important that they were given the choice on what design they wanted, as it helps give them a sense of ownership.”
Following a round of £1,450 of funding from Trent and Dove Housing, its community support worker Sam Smith was able to spearhead the improvement work, through a team of three volunteers.
He said: “Trent and Dove Housing are committed to transforming homes, lives and neighbourhoods and we are delighted to have been able to offer Epworth House our support.
“The staff at Epworth House cleared the ground for us, which helped shave about a week’s work off installing the pergola, which we’re really grateful for.
“I think the end result has been something that’s been manageable, but professional and to the tenants’ specifications.”
Epworth House provides supported housing for 13 tenants with mild to moderate learning disabilities and can assist with a range of issues from day to day support to specific skills like cooking, cleaning and money management.
Sanctuary Supported Living provides support and accommodation for a wide range of people whose needs cannot be met in general needs accommodation.