Why stop with just having lovely garden and outdoor spaces? It would be great to have some extra cash to fund additional staff hours and volunteer activities to really encourage some of our frailer residents to get outside when the weather allows: garden games, picnics in the garden, planting activities, a nice cold drink on a summer evening.
The Abbeyfield York team have been providing housing in York for older people for over 50 years. We have been working towards this project for some time and our plan is to build 25 new apartments in the beautiful grounds of our existing housing scheme in Dringhouses, York.
There is a real shortage locally of suitable accommodation and there is even less for those older people who are starting to struggle with the added obstacles that dementia puts in the way.
We want to create a new "home from home" where the older people in our community can live as independently as possible in a building that is safe, with care on hand if needed.
For us, getting outside is really important and we want our outside spaces to be as welcoming as the inside spaces. We have some great landscape designs that will be full of interesting plants and trees, quiet shady areas and places to sit and soak up the sun (hopefully!).
These are the things that tend to get squeezed out when money is tight and we would like to use the money raised to get our garden plans growing!