A great big fat garden stuffed with love…

Guest post from Emma Goddard – Life Skills Tutor at Scope’s Roman House

Roman House garden makeover

So, what do you get if you take, six medical scientists from Eli Lilly, a weekly volunteer called Steph, one Life skills tutor, a Employee Volunteer co-ordinator and a bus full of plants? A great big fat garden stuffed with love, that’s what.

On Thursday 11 October 2012 we kicked off the day with a big goal to transform our bungalow gardens.

It was great, all the tools were ready, thanks to employee volunteering who provided, forks, spades, shears, loppers and enthusiasm.

And off we went, in the lashing rain, chopping and lopping, like an episode of Edward Scissorhands. By lunchtime the plot was cleared, and our damp crew were off down the chip shop for well-deserved carbs. I love lunchtimes with volunteers, because that’s when the connections happen between our customers and the outside world. Also, when else do you get to ask a medical scientist if they have watched Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein…

In the afternoon it was planting up, we have chosen many light reflective plants to brighten the patch up, and over 700 spring bulbs were buried into the ground. It’s going to look amazing in February, March and April with so many tulips and daffodils.

But the highlight of the day was when our customer Jon Conway, came back from his day in town and his eyes popped out of his head! I have never seen a bigger smile.

Volunteering in Scope, Roman House, doesn’t just mean a beautiful garden, it gives our customers and staff a legacy of self-esteem and confidence. Someone thought of us, and we were worth the effort.