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Sensory garden opened at care centre

Creative mosaics designed by children and young people are being enjoyed by elderly service users at a care home, after the first phase of a therapeutic memory sensory garden was opened on Thursday July 8.

The mosaic artwork was designed and created by young people from Lambeth Council’s Youth Offending Service for elderly service users at the Stockwell Day Centre and Elderly Mentally Infirm Unit in Stockwell Park Road.

The second phase of the garden, which will be completed within six months, is designed to appeal to all senses and will contain special features that stimulate the sights, smells, and sounds of a garden.

Those involved in the intergenerational reparation project, which encouraged young people and older members of the community to come together, worked with Creative Sparkworks which is part of the North Lambeth Partnership Arts, to design, build, and install the mosaics.

The project is part of Lambeth Council’s Youth Offending Services’ Reparation Programme, which sees young offenders, aged between 10┬áto 17-years old,┬ásupervised in a range of activities that give them the opportunity to ‘give back’ to the community, while at the same time developing new skills and experience.

Councillor Rachel Heywood, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“Positive interaction with the community helps break some of the stereotypes associated with young offenders. This reparation project has provided the opportunity for people of all ages to be creative, and to teach and learn new ideas from each other.”

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