Brookdale care home Bury want to thank these young teens for their amazing support in the comminuity.

Teenagers across Bury have been giving up their summer holidays to raise money for good causes in their community Brookdale care home Bury as part of the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

One group made up of 15-17 year olds decided to organise fundraising activities, with all money raised going to help those who suffer from Dementia, this NCS team choose Brookdale care home in Bury as the place in the community they would like to help as Brookdale have a specialist Dementia unit named Cherry Blossom house.

The group of teens got together to brain storm which triggered some fantastic ideas for Brookdale and how they can help their residents with Dementia.

The group started with a football match where they charged people to come and watch, from the sale of tickets they decided they had enough to revamp part of the garden at Brookdale that leads out from the garden lounge which is often used by residents to relax where they can enjoy peaceful sounds through the surround sound speakers.

The NCS group now named Team Brookdale sketched a plan for the garden and even studied how they could make it Dementia friendly by developing an understanding of the condition, the team quickly gained knowledge of the importance of gardens and how it increases especially as we get older, as a place to relax and recover, as well as receive multi-sensory stimulation from the environment.

Team Brookdale were determined to give Brookdale care home residents a garden they could enjoy and not just in summer, they decided to make it seasonal rotational, so the garden would benefit from colour all year round with different flowers and plants growing in different seasons.

Richard Riley from NCS said “It’s so nice to see these teenagers getting so involved within the community, they have such passion to give something back and it’s heart-warming to watch. They have been getting to know the residents at Brookdale care home in Bury and have developed bonds with the residents there, they’re doing a great job in revamping the garden for the residents to enjoy all year round.”

Ian holt a resident at Brookdale said, “It’s such a good idea and it promotes friendship, It gives the children something to do in the summer holidays, I’d like to see a herb garden like I used to have growing up then I can grow mint and other herbs.”

Team Brookdale group took Ian’s suggestion on board and have created a mini herb garden, so Ian can enjoy the garden like he used to back at home.

After bonding with the residents at Brookdale the group decided they wanted to go a step further and do even more for the residents they have grown so fond of, so they decided they wanted to find a way to get all the residents out on a trip without Brookdale having to hire coaches or relay on other forms of transport like they usually do.

Another brain storming session sparked ideas of a fund raiser for a mini bus, they would start the next day in the Rock, Bury town centre and charge passers by 50p to throw a wet sponge at any member of the team or £1 for 3 throws.

The team got up the next day and headed to Bury town centre where they spent the day being hit with wet sponges, but it was all worth it if they were helping their friends at Brookdale care home.

Tracey Leverton Manager at Brookdale said “It’s amazing what these young people are doing for Brookdale, they have made all these decisions on their own and bonded with our residents, it’s so lovely and we can’t thank them enough. We have had plans for the garden, so it’s worked so well, when they finish it we will be doing a grand revealing to our residents and their families as they can now all enjoy the great outdoors leading from the garden lounge.”

Tracey continues “We are planning to change the garden lounge in to a bistro garden room and make the most of the outdoor space which will fit perfectly with what the NCS team are doing, next summer we will have a play area for kids, so all the family can sit together when our residents loved ones visit. We can’t wait to see the result it’s already visually striking. Thank you NCS.”

Joseph Child one of the team members said, “We’re enjoying giving back to our community and the residents at Brookdale, we raised the money for the garden by having a football match and then went to buy bulbs and plants with the money, I’m learning so much.”

NCS team gardening at Brookdale

NCS team at Brookdale care home

Brookdale care home in Bury is part of the Millennium care group, after learning of the work and dedication the team have for Brookdale care home Millennium care have organised to donate 1.5 times what the group raise for Brookdale to charities NCS support to give something back to them.