Here at Young Enterprise Scotland we are proud to champion our #EnterpriseForAll ethos, and when we can do this to the benefit of individuals in our society - all the better!
When one of our Programme Executives had the opportunity to create a submission for the Royal Horticultural Show (RHS) in Ingliston, we were more than happy for him to use it as a way to give back to our local community.
Josh, who primarily delivers our Pathways Programmes has always had a knack for building and creating and due to his green fingers, he found a way to create an accessible gardening area for a volunteer well-known at our Rouken Glen site.
I was given the brief for getting involved in the RHS from Gardening Scotland, immediately the theme of People jumped out at me and having developed a friendship with one of our volunteers Georgina, I was inspired to design a garden that would literally be built around her.
We are home to RAMH (Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health) each Friday and have a group of dedicated volunteers who beautifully maintain their section of our site. It's not uncommon to bump into a group battling with our other residents - the YES Bees!
One of these volunteers is Georgina from Busby in East Renfrewshire who retired from the Police in the early 2000's. After falling she suffered a lasting neck injury which caused everyday activities to become difficult and so she began to struggle to do the things she really enjoyed, such as gardening.
Georgina found that she could still garden, but only if seated by a raised plant bed, this was one of the reasons that our Friday sessions at Rouken Glen were so valuable for her own well-being.
Josh identified this as an issue, for if the RAMH group were no longer to utilise our space, it would have a significant impact on Georgina.This triggered an idea for Josh where he worked to design a wraparound style raised bed for Georgina to use.
While Josh led on this programme it was an ideal opportunity for us to work with some of the key schools we partner with and assist them in developing a physical project that would be helpful to society. So with a little help from Cosgrove Care, Castlehead High School, Eastbank Academy,Gryffe High School, Mary Russell School and Trinity High School, some of our young people were able to learn new practical skills through production, while also developing key skills for life.
The honeycomb shape was a nod to the work we do onsite to promote to need and importance of bees to our ecosystem. The idea was that Georgia could be seated in the middle of the planter and easily access all sides and create her own garden at home.
The design itself was done in-house and was a real labour of love for Josh with countless hours spent perfecting the blueprints that the raised bed was created from - but the best part of it, is that the design was created as a completely sustainable project with all materials coming from recycled wooden pallets. For the RHS show, Josh and Ryan who worked closely to pull everything together filled the planter with home grown plants from our Rouken Glen site, and we were lucky enough to receive some as donations - so that really helped our project look its best.
Georgina was thrilled with the outcome of the design, and was even happier to learn that the structure would be transported to her home garden to improve her access:
I have a really lovely garden that I used to love, but my mobility problems ended that. Josh's personalised pop up garden means I can now potter around with everything to hand. I'm delighted that I'll be able to get my garden back to looking it's best.
Our Vision is for Scotland to be a place where all young people are given the opportunity to have a rewarding future in work and life - no matter where they start
Our Mission is to inspire & equip all young people to learn, develop and reach their full potential through enterprise.
In everything that we do, we will work with the following values: Integrity, Enthusiasm, Creativity & Collaboration.
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