TEENS have been supporting people with dementia by enhancing a garden of a Catterick Garrison nursing home as part of the National Citizen Service.

Rosedale Care Home, for the elderly and people living with dementia, was approached by team members of NCS as part of a community ‘Make a Difference’ project they were completing.

Rosedale was chosen as several of the young people in the group have relatives who have lived at the home.

Following a planning meeting, it was agreed that the project would involve creating new seating areas in the home’s gardens and adding colourful and scented flowers to provide greater sensory stimulation for residents.

The team raised more than £200 through various activities and bought two benches, flowers, plant pots and paint.

Emily Foster, NCS team leader, said: “The whole team has enjoyed the project.

"We were all made to feel very welcome at Rosedale and it was very rewarding to complete a project with such a good cause."

Amanda Harland, Home Manager at Rosedale, Said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with the team at NCS in Richmond. They had obviously put a lot of effort and thought into the planning and had been very considerate about the type of furniture and flowers they chose, even researching which type of flowers would provide sensory stimulation for people with advanced dementia or the visually impaired. Our residents enjoyed spending time with the team and agreed it was lovely to see young people helping out the local community.”