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43 - Help our greenhouse is broken - Abergavenny - 10 Volunteers

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Maindiff Court Hospital

Ross Road

NP7 8NF

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Ty Skirrid is a 12-bedded ward for the Gwent-wide forensic rehabilitation service. All bedrooms are individual with pleasant views of the grounds. The ward caters for men who have a mental disorder and have offended or are at risk of offending and provides on-going psychiatric treatment. The unit is staffed on a 24-hour basis.

The staff and patients at TY Skirrid are struggling with their greenhouse which is small and storm damaged to an extent that it is uneconomical to repair. The greenhouse has been patched up but the door has come away and wooden boards have been used to cover the holes where the glass panes have smashed. The ward staff are keen advocates of gardening with the patients but they are currently struggling with their existing greenhouse. At present seeds are grown in pots placed on windowsills around the hospital.

As the ward has no budget for a new greenhouse, volunteers who select this project will need to be prepared to source or fund the purchase of the new greenhouse which will preferably be a more durable and safer Perspex or polycarbonate greenhouse of about 6x10 or 8x10. The cost of these start at around £200 including delivery on the internet.

In addition to assembling the new greenhouse and preparing the base, volunteers could also support the ward by creating a bbq area at the front of the building. The ward would like a brick bbq built together with a table and seating.

The ward has not received employee volunteer support previously and would be delighted to receive help to improve their facilities at the hospital.

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Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the patients

The ward has little or no tools – volunteers would need to bring any tools they need to use throughout the day

The hospital has NO budget and volunteers will need to seek donations of materials or raise money to purchase materials and plants etc

Volunteers will be made teas and coffees throughout the day

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