In preparation for summer, the St Paul’s Wood MindCare Dementia Support Centre in Orpington benefitted from a garden makeover courtesy of VINCI Facilities (part of VINCI Construction UK) in May 2018.
VINCI Construction UK supports employees who want to volunteer in their local community by allowing them paid leave to do so. The VINCI company initiative is called ‘Stand Out? Make a Difference.’
As part of this scheme, 5 VINCI employees, Rick Gregory, Ken Trimmings, Tom Williams, Paul Stevenson and Tony McDonald, volunteered from Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May 2018, to refurbish the garden and repaint the main centre. The team chose to volunteer for the MindCare Dementia Support centre on Giggs Hill in Orpington as a member of Ken’s family used the service and saw the positive difference it made to people living with dementia and their families.
The garden at the St Paul’s Wood MindCare centre had previously been created with generous support from members of the West Kent Golf Club, providing a safe, secure, outdoor environment for people with dementia to enjoy gardening and other outdoor activities. The garden has proven to be quite popular over the years and was in need of a refresh.
In just two days, the volunteer team from VINCI refurbished garden furniture, fences and gates, and jet-washed the paving slabs, restoring the garden to its former glory. The team was also aided by some willing able MindCare clients who enjoy and prize the garden area.
As a thank you from the MindCare team, VINCI volunteers were invited to share lunch with people attending the centre, with everyone enjoying the experience.
The weekend saw painting volunteers repaint the main centre hall.
Saira Addison, MindCare Dementia Support Manager, said,
“The garden area is really valued by our clients living with dementia and this refurb will make it an even better outdoor environment for them to enjoy. We really appreciate VINCI volunteer team giving 4 days to help local people who use our services to live well with dementia. A big thank you to VINCI Faciliites and VINCI Construction UK for the donation of time, labour and materials.”