4 October 2014

Principality employees roll up their sleeves to create school sensory garden

Employees at Principality Building Society have rolled up their sleeves to create a sensory garden for pupils at a school in Beddau.

Around 30 members of staff from Principality have transformed the rundown gardens at HQ- at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, a special unit for 11-16 year-olds with autism in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area.

The new gardens now comprise of beach area, sensory garden, herb and wildlife garden and a scarecrow area.

Keely Johnson, one of the Principality workers, said: “Principality is proud to be at the heart of our communities and we do a range of projects around Wales to support the communities where we live and work. However, this project had a special place in our hearts as one of our members of staff has a son that attended HQ for seven years.

“Before he came to HQ he couldn’t talk very well and was struggling but HQ helped him to improve his speech and his confidence. We hope that these new gardens will help a lot more children in the future.”
HQ currently looks after 14 students who are all on the autistic spectrum that attend mainstream school at Bryn Celynnog.

Teacher Margaret Sussat said: “We have a small team of six support assistants here at HQ, which do fantastic work for our students but we were in need of help to transform our garden. We are incredibly grateful to the staff at Principality for their help and amazing generosity. On behalf of all the students and staff at HQ and Bryn Celynnog we would like to thank everyone at Principality for remembering us here and building us this fantastic garden, the children will thoroughly enjoy it.”

Published: 04/10/2014