Volunteers flip gardens into ‘oasis’ for local care home residents 12 March 2019 Volunteering A garden at a care home for vulnerable people in Berkshire has been completely transformed by volunteers from 3M. Twenty employees from the science-based technology company’s UK headquarters in Bracknell spent the day at the Tager Centre, in Crowthorne, on 5 March. The centre is home to 16 people with complex learning difficulties, including 14 with autism. It is part of Ravenswood, a collection of care homes in Berkshire run by Norwood, the UK’s largest Jewish charity supporting vulnerable children, families and people with learning disabilities and autism. Home manager Sue Ravey said: “I have never seen the Tager garden looking so smart. The 3M volunteers did an amazing job and we’re incredibly grateful. “I’m sure the people we support will enjoy looking out of their windows at this beautiful area, which had previously looked very tired. This will also help us to encourage them to increase their use and enjoyment of the outdoors, which greatly supports their physical and mental wellbeing.” The project was organised as part of the 3Mgives volunteering programme, which encourages 3M employees across the UK to volunteer in their local communities. A significant part of the work involved creating a new square area by levelling a sloping patch of grass. Later, the Ravenswood team will pave this area with patio stones and add two companion seats donated by 3M, together worth £320. The volunteers – all from 3M’s human resources team in Bracknell – also planted a Morello Cherry tree, a high Photinia Red Robin hedge to disguise the bike shed, and colourful low-level hedging on three sides of the garden. In addition, they pressure washed a paved area, pulled weeds, removed moss, reshaped boxed hedging and got rid of unwanted buddleia shrubs. Nicky Oakley, talent development specialist for HR domestic operations at 3M, said: “We had a brilliant, productive and sunny day at Ravenswood. We’re thrilled to hear that the garden and seating area that the 3M HR team created will be such a benefit to the residents of Tager and their families.” Ravenswood was established in 1953, by four families aiming to provide education and care for their children and others with a learning disability. Today, it is home to more than 100 people with learning disabilities living in registered care homes across 120 acres of countryside. All residents receive person-centred care, funded by their local authority, from a support team comprising more than 300 workers. Julia Hall, Norwood’s head of adult services in Berkshire, said: “From all of us here at Ravenswood, I want to thank the amazing 3M team for delivering such a fantastic project for the people we support at Tager. They have given the residents a wonderful space to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and calming environment. “Projects like these make a significant difference to the support and services we are able to provide and we are incredibly thankful to 3M and the volunteers.” – ENDS – 3M is a trademark of 3M Company. Notes for editors Further information For further information please contact Norwood press team: By email: email@example.com By phone: 020 8420 6866 or 07736 458532 More images are available upon request 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. Norwood supports over 4,000 people every year, giving them the tools they need to live the most fulfilling lives they can. Norwood works with 56 local authorities, delivering wide-ranging services in a variety of residential accommodation and supported living services, short-break facilities and family centres across London and the South East. Through a workforce of over 2,500 – made up of 1,250 staff and 1,500 volunteers – we provide the highest-quality care to transform the lives of children and their families, and vulnerable adults. It costs £34m a year to deliver Norwood’s services, £12m of which must be raised from voluntary donations. Norwood relies on around 650 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.norwood.org.uk. About 3M At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $32 billion in sales, our 91,500 employees connect with customers all around the world. The UK and Ireland is home to one of the largest 3M subsidiaries outside the USA, employing 2,750 people across 18 locations, including 9 manufacturing sites. Products manufactured in the UK include coated abrasives, personal safety equipment, adhesive tapes, industrial microbiology products, drug delivery systems and high-performance coatings. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.co.uk or follow @3MUK on Twitter. 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