Volunteers from Light Fantastic Production Services transform the Somers Court supported living garden

22 August 2018

Over three days in early August, 22 volunteers from event production company Light Fantastic Production Services transformed the outdoor space at Somers Court, a supported living service in Edgware managed by Norwood, into a “bright and inspiring” garden for residents to enjoy.

Light Fantastic, a Norwood contractor, harnessed their professional expertise in technology, carpentry, building and decorating to revolutionise the garden space for residents, as well as covering the full cost of materials, a project worth more than £40,000.

Trading in their usual white water rafting ‘away day’ for three whole days of corporate volunteering, the Light Fantastic team worked through the heatwave and, at times, torrential rain to complete the project for the Somers Court residents.

The transformed outdoor space includes accessible high level planters, a shaded gazebo area, brick barbeque, sun loungers, wheelchair friendly gravel paths, a sensory rock feature, new turf and an attractive entrance archway. The new colourful and tranquil environment is intended to encourage residents to venture outdoors more and enjoy the new space along with friends and family.

An end of project launch party was held for volunteers and residents, with meat generously donated by Louis Mann Butchers and Kosher Deli, and rolls, pastries and salads kindly donated by other local organisations: Just Kosher, Daniel’s Bakery and 1070 Kitchen. It was an opportunity for the residents to mingle with the volunteers and show their appreciation for their hard work and generosity. 

Vicky Weir, Operational Manager-London at Somers Court, Norwood, said: “We can’t thank the Light Fantastic team enough for the garden transformation that they worked tirelessly on for the past three days. They took on a huge challenge as well as battling the Great British weather while maintaining great team spirit!

“They have created a garden space designed to stimulate and engage all the senses! A much needed space for the people we support to socialise, relax, and enjoy. Thank you Light Fantastic!”

Shona McBride, Director of Workforce at Norwood, said: “When the Light Fantastic team told us they wanted a meaty project to get their teeth into, we weren’t expecting the transformation they delivered.

“What they achieved in just three days, despite the, at times, torrential rain has been incredible and the positive impact it will have in terms of the living environment for the people we support will no doubt be lasting. They have given them a bright and inspiring space to enjoy and one which we hope will also benefit future residents.

“A big thank you to Light Fantastic for their wonderful vision and the hard work they put in to bring this to life – a truly fantastic outcome!”

Rob Myer, Director of Light Fantastic, said: “We embarked on this project for Norwood as we were looking for a way to bring our whole team together in giving something back to our local community. Not only have we been able to support a great cause but it’s been a brilliant opportunity for everyone to work together in creating something very substantial which will hopefully be enjoyed by Norwood’s clients for many years to come.”

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About Norwood

Norwood is the largest Jewish charity in the UK supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism.

Founded in 1795, Norwood is one of the UK’s oldest charities and the only Jewish charity to enjoy the Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen.

It helps children and adults to maximise their potential at home, at school and throughout their lives, through personalised services designed to enable choice.

Each year Norwood needs £35m to keep its services running, £12m of which comes through voluntary donations. These services include over 55 sites across London and the South East.

Norwood currently runs eight charity shops across North and East London thanks to the support of 150 dedicated volunteers.

Norwood Volunteering

Norwood relies on around 1500 volunteers who give their time regularly to support our work. Hundreds more support our events and fundraising activities.

People choose to volunteer for Norwood for so many reasons, but they all have one thing in common: an understanding of how important it is to support our work in their communities.

There are many ways that you can help support Norwood’s work too. Whatever your skills or interests, we are bound to have something you will enjoy doing.

To apply to be a volunteer, then please call our Volunteering team on 020 8420 6926 or email volunteering@norwood.org.uk.