RECOVERING drug addicts will be ploughing their efforts into creating a community garden with the elderly residents of Woodbrooke House, Chelmsey Wood.
By helping to transform the surroundings of the block of flats run by Solihull Community Housing (SCH) for people aged over 55, the rehabilitated addicts hope to make a difference to the community while learning a wide range of new skills.
They attend an addicts’ recovery programme at The Welcome, part of the Solihull Integrated Addictions Service (SIAS) and have been creating their own community garden. The project was born when SCH’s Sue O’Reilly, who works with Woodbrooke’s older residents, saw the neighbouring garden and thought the residents would like their own.
The two groups applied to Birmingham’s International Airport’s Community Trust Fund for a grant, receiving £3,000.
Woodbrooke House’s oldest resident, 99-year-old Lottie Glover, was presented with a plaque to be displayed in the garden, and said: “All the residents here are very grateful for the efforts that have been made to give us a garden. It will be a lovely place for us all to share and spend time with one another.”