A Grand Garden Party will be held at a supported housing service
for young parents in Preston on Friday (4 November).
Mill Bank Wellbeing Centre, which is owned and run by Places for
People Living+, will play host to over 100 guests at a celebratory
Mad Hatters Tea Party themed event to mark the completion of a
Guests, including residents and former residents, council
members and families from the local area, are welcomed for an
afternoon of fun for all the family. Activities will include: a
children's entertainer, a Punch and Judy show, and a football
skills event on the new all-weather pitch.
The garden has recently been refurbished by Barton Grange Garden
Centre. Doubling in size, it has seen the addition of dedicated
football and basketball facilities, an imaginative play area where
children can build dens, toddler-sized play equipment and vegetable
patches where residents can grow their own produce.
Eileen McSweeney manages Mill Bank Wellbeing Centre
"Mill Bank has undergone such a huge transformation over the
last few months and we can't wait to be able to show off the
fantastic work which goes on here.
"The completion of the garden has been a significant milestone
as it has provided a much-needed safe and peaceful environment for
the young parents and their children to enjoy relaxing and playing
in. The residents are already seeing the fruits of their labour,
and have enjoyed being able to cook healthy and affordable meals
using home-grown vegetables."
The garden makeover follows renovation to the centre's interior
which was carried out by Places for People and contractors Keepmoat
and Novus Property Solutions in the summer. Visitors on Friday will
be able to take a tour of the new facilities, which include a
wellbeing room, IT suite and a library.
Formerly Mill Bank Court, the centre has recently been renamed
to better reflect the person-centred approach it offers to both the
families who live there, and members of the wider community.
Residents are not only provided with a roof over their head, but
are offered one-to-one therapy and advice sessions, can take part
in a range of wellbeing activities and are given opportunities to
gain new skills and progress into work and education.
In addition to providing supported accommodation for the 50
families it houses each year, Mill Bank Wellbeing Centre also
offers vital support to people in the local area. This includes
access to education and employment, training in vital life skills
such as budgeting and IT, sexual health advice and help with drug
and alcohol addiction.
"It's such a privilege to be able to help the families we work
with to build the skills needed for them to move on to permanent
housing. We're really looking forward to catching up with some of
our former residents at the garden party. It's always a pleasure to
be able to see first-hand how their lives have improved."
The Grand Garden Party will run from 11:30am - 3:30pm at Mill
Bank Wellbeing Centre, Edmund Street, Preston, PR1 1ED.
02 November 2016