Garden furniture for local residents

Pupils with severe learning difficulties at Oaklands School in Middlesex got a helping hand from John Laing training instructors to make wooden benches and planters for local elderly residents.

Anne Clinton, Oakland’s headteacher, says the six-week project has been particularly important to the pupils because they “have made a product for other people which they know will be appreciated and enjoyed.

“This gives our pupils the opportunity to learn that their work is important and valued, and a sense of pride.”

The benches and planters will now be enjoyed by residents who are supported by the Isleworth and Hounslow Charity, which provides accommodation and support for those in need.

Pat Hammond of the charity says: “The residents are very happy with the benches and planters, they are extremely well made and look great outside Raybell Lodge [a block of 26 flats].”

Clinton added: “We encourage our pupils to learn skills that help to prepare them for employment in the community. We are very proud of them.”

Picture: Pupils at Oaklands School in Middlesex with John Laing training instructors

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