Digging in for a great cause
Firm lends a hand at centre’s garden
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