Lifeskills’ multi-sensory garden is in the planning stages and the disability service provider is inviting businesses and community members to donate plants and other features.
Lifeskills Plus moved from its Perry Street location last month into the purpose-built Oporto Road community centre.
Construction is still ongoing and will continue for several months.
Stage one including a four-bedroom respite facility is finished and partially operating with the next stage to include two sensory gardens.
“One garden will be focussing on multi sensory experiences for their clients,” Lifeskills business and community liaison officer Bob Lejeune said.
“The second ‘Secret Garden’ will be a cosy retreat for people with disabilities who are on temporary respite. Thanks to Peabody Energy Wilpinjong Coal and Newcastle Permanent the organisation has been able to finance the wrap around veranda which leads to the main wheelchair access ramp, the ground works, hard landscaping, and safety fencing. Material and labour for two raised garden beds and 10m x 10m shade sail have been donated by Bunnings Mudgee.
“Lifeskills Plus is now inviting the community and local small businesses to help populate the gardens with plants and garden ornaments.”
Specific plants including Lamb’s Ears, Woolly Bush and Clumping Bamboo and needed for the garden. A full list can be found on the Lifeskills website.
For more information and to arrange drop off or pick up of your contribution contact Bob Lejune at Lifeskills.
Lifeskills Plus is a not-for-profit charity and can issue a tax deductible receipt for the amount of money the donation represents.