At MacIntyre, we aim to help people we support to learn new things. David, a support worker based in Essex, recalls how he encouraged Bobbie, a gentleman supported by MacIntyre, to explore gardening.
“In the early spring, I brought some primroses into the house where Bobbie lives. The idea was to move them into bigger pots with Bobbie and show him the roots of the plants and that plants need water to drink, like us. Bobbie seemed happy to watch. The plants then stood outside in full view.”
“About a month later Bobbie watched whilst I planted some nasturtium seeds in a seed tray on the kitchen table. In late spring there came a time to repot the nasturtiums into a planter. This involved seeing the roots of the plants, like a few months earlier. Bobbie helped put the plants down into their new home. Now its summertime and the nasturtiums are flowering and they sit outside in full view. Sometimes I bring them in so Bobbie can see how they are getting on. He seems familiar with them now and will often say flower.”