Esh Construction has collaborated with Worklink in Cottingham to build a new memory garden, which can help those living with dementia.
Esh Civils, the civil engineering arm of Esh Construction, is working closely with service users at Worklink to create a space where residents can go to experience features of a memory garden, such as carved paths, a potting shed, raised beds for people to plant, a washing line with wooden pegs, a dolly tub and a mangle, seating areas for afternoon tea and planting around the paths and grass.
Together, we are building a place where residents can feel comfortable and recognise aspects from their earlier years. Worklink provides employment training for people with learning disabilities from their sites in Cottingham and Sewerby.
It uses a dedicated training programme, called a vocational profile, to complement the practical skills that they deliver in areas including hospitality and catering, woodwork and horticulture. The service users are taught transferable skills and benefits of a person getting into employment includes improved confidence, social inclusion, better health, a stable routine and a real purpose.
The construction of the memory garden is also being worked on by people with learning disabilities who have been taught the necessary skills while attending Worklink. Esh is actively involved in community engagement within the local area and has donated all material and staff time to create this dedicated area for those living with dementia.
All Worklink sites are open to the public, which provides an excellent opportunity to promote positive images of people with learning disabilities in a working environment.