National Citizen Service Challenge

Gardening

In September 2019, we were approached by organisers of the National Citizen Service Challenge that works with young people on delivering community projects them a chance to live and work as a team, develop life skills, such as budgeting, housekeeping, or cooking meals; social skills like communication, supporting others, collaborative problem solving; and simultaneously delivering a community project with a community-based organisation.

The group has worked with us for three weeks, regularly visiting us, updating on the progress of planning, and finally delivering the project. It has chosen to work on the Grow Wild by Kew Gardens project (which we were part of) to create a mini wildlife sanctuary for residents of the Beach Hall Care Home in West Leeds.

On the last day, the group of 13 young people spent the whole afternoon chatting and cheering up the residents, making DIY bird feeders and sowing microgreens. At the end of the visit, they have taken some of the elderly outside to place the bird, squirrel feeders, a hedgehog house, a butterfly station, and bug hotels around the care home. They brought a lot of joy to the residents and staff, receiving the most positive feedback and gratitude for such thoughtful engagement.

Most of the group were very emotional because of the encounter, as too were all members of staff and ourselves. They touched everyone’s hearts with the warmth they shared with others, making us proud beyond words for the amazing work they have done.

In September 2019, we were approached by organisers of the National Citizen Service Challenge that works with young people on delivering community projects them a chance to live and work as a team, develop life skills, such as budgeting, housekeeping, or cooking meals; social skills like communication, supporting others, collaborative problem solving; and simultaneously delivering a community project with a community-based organisation.

The group has worked with us for three weeks, regularly visiting us, updating on the progress of planning, and finally delivering the project. It has chosen to work on the Grow Wild by Kew Gardens project (which we were part of) to create a mini wildlife sanctuary for residents of the Beach Hall Care Home in West Leeds.

On the last day, the group of 13 young people spent the whole afternoon chatting and cheering up the residents, making DIY bird feeders and sowing microgreens. At the end of the visit, they have taken some of the elderly outside to place the bird, squirrel feeders, a hedgehog house, a butterfly station, and bug hotels around the care home. They brought a lot of joy to the residents and staff, receiving the most positive feedback and gratitude for such thoughtful engagement.

Most of the group were very emotional because of the encounter, as too were all members of staff and ourselves. They touched everyone’s hearts with the warmth they shared with others, making us proud beyond words for the amazing work they have done.

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