WiSE (Wetherby in Support of the Elderly) works in partnership with Wetherby Secure College of Learning, based at HMYOI Wetherby.
Lawn care services are arranged for elderly people who find it difficult to maintain their own yards, without the expense of hiring a gardener. In the summer, the lads will be busy grass cutting and generally keeping gardens tidy, maintenance work is then carried out in the winter.
There is a annual fee of £25.00 to join this scheme.
The scheme is run by Andy, our supervisor. All trainees are risk assessed before they take part in the project for suitability to earn Release on Temporary Licence. They will have already been on a horticulture course and will be working towards NPTC units, which they can extend whilst on the project. This qualification gives them a great chance of a job which therefore reduces the risk of them re-offending.
The scheme is the only one of its kind in the country and has received national publicity and praise.
Children in Need
Have provided a grant to enable the structure which allows the service to operate.
Not only does the scheme help the elderly in the community, it has also created a very positive interaction between young and old. The elderly have seen the trainees in a new light and, in some cases, the young people see the older people as surrogate grandparents. Residents have also commented that they feel less vulnerable to burglary; as a well kept garden makes it less obvious that an older person is living in a property.
WiSE have received many letters of thanks for the project from satisfied residents and the trainees are, justifiably, very proud of this.
Connecting Communities Award
An award was presented to WiSE and the boys for winning the Connecting Communities Award, as the project has brought two communities together, that would otherwise never have met. It has also given both parties an understanding of each other along with feelings of mutual respect.