STUDENTS have been building garden furniture for elderly Bakewell residents as part of a school mentoring project.
The teenagers from Lady Manners School have been creating benches and planters for Burton Closes Hall Care Home with the help of experts from Wickes.
Employer mentors from the DIY supplier are working with the Year 8, 9 and 11 pupils as part of the school’s “Volunteer it Yourself” initiative.
This includes two sessions building team work and communication skills and a third putting their learning into practice to produce garden furniture.
Their creations have been collected by the care home and arranged in the grounds of the Grade II listed building on Haddon Road.
Steve Pacey, head of careers and employability at Lady Manners School, said: “The students are developing key employability skills and supporting the local community at the same time.
“Every student receives an employability skills award from City and Guilds for completing the project.
“Working with staff at Burton Closes Hall Care home, Lady Manners School has donated the garden furniture for use by residents, staff and their families.
“We trust the benches will be a lasting testimony to a small but significant intergenerational project and we hope that the relationship with this local company will continue to prosper.”
Kim Bibby, regional manager for the Hill Care Group, which operates Burton Closes Hall Care Home in Derbyshire, said: “We were delighted when the school contacted us to see if we would like garden furniture created by their pupils in partnership with Wickes.
“The benches and planters are all really well put together and we’re sure our residents, visitors and staff will make the most of them.
“We look forward to working with the school again on other projects in future.”