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Horwich Farrelly and Aviva dig deep for Glasgow charity

June, 2, 2017

Volunteers from Horwich Farrelly and the Glasgow office of Aviva Insurance recently dug deep to spend a day transforming a garden for The Mungo Foundation.

Six volunteers from Horwich Farrelly and eight from the insurer’s Bishopbriggs office gave up their time to create a therapeutic garden at the Foundation’s Victoria Project in Govanhill, south Glasgow, a registered care home for nine adults experiencing long-term mental health issues.

Volunteers from Horwich Farrelly and Aviva with The Mungo Foundation

Volunteers from Horwich Farrelly and Aviva with The Mungo Foundation

The purpose built site is designed to provide a safe, secure and enabling living environment with access to appropriate healthcare, counselling and advice. Residents, aged between 18-65, live at the Victoria Project while they are provided with the skills and support they need to be able to move on to a more independent way of living.

On 12 May, volunteers from Aviva and Horwich Farrelly came together to transform the outdoor space at the care home with a low maintenance, therapeutic design.

This included building raised beds for those with limited physical mobility, creating inviting pathways and seating areas for residents and installing a water feature and benches, which were donated by Horwich Farrelly.

The planting was specially chosen to provide scent and colour as well as being easy to care for and to attract wildlife – all of which is aimed to increase interaction with the garden, by creating a relaxing, engaging space. A range of herbs were also planted to give residents something that’s easy to care for as well as handy cooking ingredients. In total more than 110 hours of volunteer time were spent on the makeover by Aviva and Horwich Farrelly.

Sara Wood, Volunteer Co-ordinator from The Mungo Foundation comments, “This was a big project and the volunteers from Horwich Farrelly and Aviva were tireless in their planning, ideas and labour on the day. The garden is going to make a massive difference to the residents at the Victoria Project, by offering them access to the therapeutic benefits of gardening or simply as a calming outside space to enjoy.

“Some companies see corporate volunteering as a tick-box exercise, but Horwich Farrelly and Aviva came to this project full of enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to the benefits it could bring. We are so grateful to everyone involved for the time and energy they put into creating this incredible garden.”

Jared Mallinson, Partner at Horwich Farrelly said, “This was a fantastic day for everyone involved, as we could see how much it meant to the staff and residents, who will be able to enjoy the garden for years to come. Horwich Farrelly is committed to giving back to the community and playing an active role in supporting worthy causes like The Mungo Foundation.”

Ian Johnston, Senior Claims Manager, Aviva, added, “Our team really enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in this worthwhile project. Everyone I spoke to afterwards told me how much they had enjoyed the day and how satisfying it was to see the transformed garden area. It’s something everyone is now keen to do again.

“We know how important the environment you live in is to wellbeing; we hope that this space provides a safe and welcoming environment for residents for years to come.”

A selection of images from the garden makeover can be found below.

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