Students transform care home garden

Residents at a local care home enjoyed a special afternoon tea in their newly transformed outdoor space courtesy of our amazing students.

A group of five students from the Learning for Living and Work department have been spending time over the last year at Galtee More care home on Doncaster Road to give the outdoor seating area and garden a complete makeover for residents to enjoy.

With materials kindly donated by Wickes, the group have created and decorated a seaside themed area with tables and chairs, planted up hand-made wooden floral planters and created a thriving vegetable patch.

A special garden party and afternoon tea was arranged for residents and guests to enjoy the new outdoor area complete with china cups and saucers, tea in tea pots and a variety of homemade sandwiches and cakes.

“Everyone at Galtee More has really enjoyed having the students from Barnsley College around.”

Carole Gooder, Care Home Manager, said: “Everyone at Galtee More has really enjoyed having the students from Barnsley College around. As well as creating a lovely outdoor space, the young people have also spent time talking and playing games with our elderly residents. They really have been wonderful.”

Barnsley College tutor Will Roberts added: “The project has enabled our students, all who have learning disabilities or difficulties, to learn many new practical skills as well as improving their communication, leadership, maths and organisational skills in a real life context. They’ve thoroughly enjoyed their time at Galtee More and feel a great sense of achievement knowing that they have contributed something to enhance the experience of the residents there.”

For further information about Learning for Living and Work courses at Barnsley College, contact the college’s Information Team on 01226 216 123 or


Last updated: 12th October 2016

Originally posted on: 5th October 2016