Dig­ging in for a great cause

Firm lends a hand at cen­tre’s gar­den

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Ev­ery­thing in the gar­den was com­ing up roses, thanks to a group of vol­un­teers from Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion.

Ap­pren­tices with the com­pany vol­un­teered their time at Spin­ners Gate Re­source Cen­tre, in Pais­ley, to land­scape its 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 lev­elled the sur­face and will pre­vent the area be­com­ing muddy af­ter rain, cre­at­ing safer ac­cess for ser­vice users.

Spin­ners Gate Re­source Cen­tre is home to two Ren­frew­shire Health and 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 for ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits.

Mor r i s o n C o n s t r u c t i o n com­mu­nity skills man­ager, Jim John­stone, said: “The work com­pleted by the ap­pren­tices is just one of our many lo­cal ini­tia­tives be­ing car­ried out.

“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 to do more in the new year.’’

Ali­son Bon­nar, team leader at Com­mu­nity Net­works, said the work car­ried out will en­able the group to use its gar­den re­source all year round.

She added: “It was also a great op­por­tu­nity for our ser­vice users to learn about the work Mor­ri­son Con­struc­tion do and for the ap­pren­tices to learn about in­di­vid­u­als with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

“A big thank you from all at Spin­ners Gate. We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing to­gether again”

Top team Pic­tured (back row) Steven Manclark, Iain McCall, Candy Clark, Peter Kerr, Ali­son Hem­mings­ley and De­clan Cair­ney. Front row: Christo­pher Scott, Jen­nifer Bowskill and Rachael Sinclair

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