The car park at Bridgend is getting a face lift thanks to a joint action day being held by two local charities to celebrate Learning Disability Week 2016. 

Beautiful Perth is the local charity that runs the ‘Perth in Bloom’ campaign, and Turning Point Scotland supports adults with a range of complex needs. The two groups got together to tidy the car park, prune the shrubs and spread fresh bark on the beds around the car park.

Beautiful Perth Chairman John Summers said: “We adopted this site back in 2012, and we’ve done a complete refurbishment of the shrubbery, transforming the corner of this busy road junction. The work our volunteers have done over the past four years has made a huge difference to the area and I’m very proud of this project. We were delighted to welcome staff and service users from Turning Point Scotland to join us this year to tidy the car park and refresh the shrub beds. They are a great bunch and I hope we can work together on this and other projects in future.”

Turning Point Scotland’s Simon Humphreys added: “We’re all really happy to get involved with Beautiful Perth during Learning Disability Week and making a positive contribution to the local community is a great way to celebrate who we are and what we do.  At the moment we are currently developing our own garden area and service so it’s important to make links with other community groups and maybe even hone our newly learned horticultural skills.”

Notes

Beautiful Perth is a charity working to make Perth a great place to live, work or visit. Its volunteers run projects ranging from the City’s ‘in bloom’ campaign to organising litter picks and supporting local environmental projects.  More details at www.beautifulperth.org

Turning Point Scotland’s Perth & Kinross service has been providing support to adults with learning disabilities and complex needs since 2007. To find out more visit www.turningpointscotland.com/perth-kinross/

Learning Disability Week 2016 is on 16th-20th May, with the theme of Celebrating Success’. It aims to highlight the achievements of people with learning disabilities and to recognise the people and organisations who are leading the way in supporting people to reach their goals. More on the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability’s website: www.scld.org.uk/learning-disability-week-2016/