Cedar supports Clanrye’s Community Project

Wednesday 07 June 2017

Eve Carragher from our SES team recently supported the students from Clanrye, at Slieve Gullion near Newry, to develop a sensory garden as part of their community project. Clanrye's Sensory Garden was officially opened on 25th May by local MLA representative Megan Fearon, and the launch was attended by many of the people who had contributed to the project. The team of students worked with Eve as part of the Training for Success Employability qualification unit 'Community Project'.side pic

Students were involved in all aspects of the design, conducting risk assessments, building and planting of the garden. Participant Shane commented: "Being involved in the Sensory Garden has helped me be a better team player." They were also invited to choose a name for the garden, with 'Quiet Haven' being chosen to reflect the tranquil environment and Meabh O'Neill commented "I was delighted that my suggested name was chosen as the garden's name."

To give a full sensory experience, plants were chosen for the garden due to their smell, feel, look, and tastes alongside a beautiful water feature creating the mellow sound of running water. Danielle said: "Choosing what plants and herbs went into the different sense beds was really enjoyable, I learned a lot."
Patrick who was also a keen participant in the project said "Working with Eve and the sensory garden project has helped us gain units towards our Employability and Horticulture Qualifications" and David said "I enjoyed being outside and learning new skills."

Different textures were used in the paths including glass, stones, wood, paving, bricks and gravel. Eve, another participant from the project commented "having a Sensory Garden in Clanrye is great as I can go there for 'Quiet Time'." Finishing touches included a wind chime made of old cutlery and some artistic mosaics.

The team would like to invite as many people as possible to visit the 'Quiet Haven'. With Paul adding: "I'm looking forward to the public visiting Slieve Gullion to enjoy the garden as much as I enjoyed being involved with it."

SES offer specialist services to help people living with a disability look for a job or provide support if a person with a disability is in danger of losing their existing job as a result of that disability. They work closely with employers to identify job opportunities and provide on-going advice and practical assistance to ensure the support needs of both individuals and employers are met.

If you would like to know more about Cedar's Supported Employment Solutions (SES) service click here to view more information. You can also connect with Cedar on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Clanrye visit their website.



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