A DONATION of £1500 and a group of over 20 eager volunteers from intu have helped to rejuvenate the old school playground at Autism East Midlands’ Fairview and Lynton residential home to a haven for residents ahead of warmer weather in Carlton this week.
The garden based at Fairview and Lynton residential home, offers the residents with autism a safe and secure environment to go about their daily lives. A garden has played a role in the lives of the residents at their old home at Linby Drive.
The move to the newly refurbished Fairview home was welcomed, however, the garden area, was in need of a refresh and a few new modern touches. Autism East Midlands was unable to transform the garden without external support and reached out to intu directly for help, the team at intu were delighted to assist and donated both funds and their time.
The charity has been working with intu for over a year, helping it to make its Nottingham-basedshopping centres autism friendly. Nigel Wheatley, general manager for intu in Nottingham, said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Autism East Midlands and to have been able to make a real difference locally through donating our team’s time and some much-needed funds. “When asked our team were really eager to help Autism East Midlands transform its community garden and we hope it is enjoyed by many people all year round. This is part of the work by intu to promote social togetherness and tackle local issues within the communities which we serve.”
As part of the works, intu’s team of volunteers helped to tidy the garden through weeding, mowing the grass and planting greenery. Alongside this, one of intu’s partners - design agency Inspired Thinking Group – also donated a modern wrap which has transformed the garden’s portable cabin,
allowing it to be used by AEM’s team all year round. Matthew Orford head of adult services at Autism East Midlands adds ‘We are delighted that Intu have chosen to support us in developing the garden at Fairview at Lynton. This will provide a much improved space for our service users to enjoy time outside.
The sensory experience provided by the garden will enhance the lives of service users through colour, smell and tactile experiences. We are
proud of our partnership with intu and we are sure it will go from strength to strength’ This transformation was supported by intu’s ‘Doing Lots for Notts’ campaign, which is a fund of£10,000 set aside by the company to support local charities and community projects.
With thanks to our intu volenteers Julia, Natalie, Sheena, Fiona, Donna, Paul B, Mark, Julie, Jake, Steph, Mike, Sammie, Simon, Lauren, Paul M, Leanne, Sharon, Sandy,Ngozi, Adam and Louise.