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Council volunteers create garden retreat at Bath’s Wellbeing House



Colleagues from Bath & North East Somerset Council have created a stunning garden retreat in the grounds of the Curo Wellbeing House through a day of action held on 15 June 2018 as part of Volunteer Week.

A team of 25 from the council’s Human Resources team took time out to transform the outside space at the Wellbeing House, a retreat where local people can stay if they’re experiencing low mood and anxiety.

“The result has just blown us away,” said Curo Wellbeing Project Officer Bethan Edmunds who runs the Wellbeing House in partnership with Virgin Care.

“Our customers have commented on how amazing the garden looks and they’ve been inspired to get stuck in and do a bit of gardening themselves during their visits.

“A big thanks goes to this incredible team. Their hard work has created a peaceful and inspiring outdoor space which is already enhancing our customers’ wellbeing and mental health. Lives really are changed here and it takes a community to do this.”

Paul Wilson, Head of Mental Health Services at Virgin Care in Bath & North East Somerset, added: “Many thanks to the brilliant volunteers from B&NES council. They did a fantastic job, saving the service a lot of money and really enhancing the experience of guests at Wellbeing House. A beautiful garden is powerfully therapeutic. It is good for the mind, body and spirit. From my partnership work with the council I know how committed it is to improving the mental health and wellbeing of its citizens and staff. We intend to help the council with that aim, in any way we can.”

The work was organised by the Volunteer Centre Bath with gardening equipment provided by the council’s Parks Department and plants donated by Curo grounds contractor idVerde. The garden refresh created a mountain of prunings and clippings which B&NES Council and idVerde are recycling free of charge as part of the Volunteer Week effort.

The Curo Wellbeing House, which recently won a national 2018 UK Housing Award, is a place where people can receive support to help stabilise themselves and prevent a mental health crisis escalating. The house itself is a three-bedroom property located in south Bath and staying at the house is free.

Click here find out how to access the Wellbeing House.

Pictured: Staff from B&NES Council, Curo and Virgin Care are joined by Cllrs Karen Walker and Bob Goodman to celebrate the completed Wellbeing House garden makeover.

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