The garden at Squirrels, NCH&C’s children’s respite unit, has received a new lease of life thanks to the generous contribution of volunteers from Homebase, Cromer.
On Thursday 15 July, the Cromer Homebase team visited Squirrels to help with some garden renovations. As well as treating and weather-proofing the fence surrounding the garden, the volunteers brightened up the summer house with a colourful lick of paint.
Based in Aylsham, North Norfolk, Squirrels is a residential facility for children aged 8-18 years old, who have complex health needs and/or a learning disability. The unit provides respite care for 2-5 nights a month, allowing families a valuable opportunity to unwind and relax, perhaps spending time with other siblings.
Harminder Bray, Clinical Lead for Children’s Short Breaks Service at NCH&C, expressed her thanks to the Cromer Homebase team:
“We would like to say a big thank you to the team at Homebase Cromer for taking the time to come out and support us with brightening up our garden.
“Like many people, we have been spending much more time outdoors during the pandemic. However, in its previous state, the garden was looking a little lost. By giving up their time and expertise, the team from Cromer Homebase has created a much more endearing place to be!
Spending time in the garden is so beneficial to both the children who stay at Squirrels and our team, so having a brightened up outdoor space will make a real difference to everyone here. Thanks again, Cromer Homebase!”
Graham Friend, Store Manager at the Cromer branch of Homebase, said:
“We are thrilled to hear that our volunteering will make such a difference to the Squirrels team, and the children who stay there. After I met Hami and told my team about the project, we had several volunteers who were keen to offer their time to help. Our efforts have certainly brightened up the garden, and we are pleased to hear that the garden is now a much more pleasant place to be.”
The Squirrels unit was launched in 1989, as one of three units in Norfolk to provide residential care in the community. Accommodating up to three children at one time, Squirrels currently provides valuable support to 24 children with complex needs and their families.
While staying at Squirrels, children continue to access school during the week, with school drop-off provided by Norfolk County Council. At the weekend, the children enjoy a host of activities including excursions, arts and craft sessions, and sensory play.