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22 May 2023

High school brings Norley Hall into full bloom

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Students from St John Fisher High School have created a sensory garden for a Wigan-based care home which specialises in dementia care.

11 year 10 students worked with Norley Hall Care Home in Wigan and created a sensory paradise for the home’s residents.

Carole Giddings, Learning Resource Centre Manager at St John Fisher High School, contacted the home to see if there was an opportunity for students to take part in a gardening project. Carole’s father-in-law is also a resident at the home.

The home, which has strong links in the local community, welcomed the chance for students to get involved.

“The whole project’s purpose was to give a meaningful activity for both students and residents and to create an amazing garden retreat where the senses can be stimulated.

“Our garden was transformed into a sensory garden with colourful visuals and scented herbs, based on the plants and herbs chosen by the residents.

“We’re trying to grow community links to help bring fresh ideas to the care home and give the residents the chance to be involved in something new and exciting.”

Julia Entwistle, Activity Coordinator at Norley Hall Care Home

“We’re incredibly grateful to the staff and students at St John Fisher High School, the garden is amazing and will improve the lives of our residents who will spend many happy times in this sensory wonderland!”

Kathryn Rimmer, Home Manager at Norley Hall
Kathryn Barton
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