A picture of Environment

Love Street - Paisley

The Disability Resource Centre on Love Street in Paisley love their generous garden space which has been tended to by volunteers and service users for decades. However, Gordon Dickson, the Healthy Heart Garden coordinator, was not happy with the limited access through the garden, which meant that wheelchair users were limited to outdoor areas near the front of the centre. Just across the road, Sanctuary Homes was developing 132 new affordable homes and had skilled trades people onsite who could offer help. Accessible pathways, suitable for wheelchair users, were put in place and this led to more people participating in rejuvenating the spaces, which everyone can now enjoy. The garden means a lot to the users of the service, who shared their views with staff from Sanctuary Homes at a celebratory open garden event.

For Kassem, the garden has been an important part of making a new life in the area. It has helped him practise his language skills and make friends. Kassem said: “I enjoy my time here, it's very welcoming. Being able to access the garden and spend time outdoors helps me in many ways, it’s a good way to switch off from other things and relax.”

For Jim, the hard work maintaining the space and being active is also important. He said: “I can access more of the garden now and help the others with the garden’s upkeep. We can get more done when we work together and I enjoy being able to help my friends with the weeding and maintenance of the garden.”