Nathan and Declan’s garden makeover

Posted on the 8th May 2017

13 year old Nathan has Down’s syndrome and autism. His little brother Declan is five years old and has a rare Chromosome disorder called 16p micro deletion.

Local parks and play areas are difficult for the family to access because of the children’s differing needs. Trips can only be arranged if there are at least two adults to supervise – one to push Nathan’s wheelchair and the other to keep a tight hold on Declan. This means that the family are becoming increasingly isolated. At home the garden was too dangerous for the boys to use meaning that the family were effectively confined to the house.

The Garden Makeover

We wanted to create an outdoor space that would allow stress free access for the whole family and a place that would give both boys the chance to explore outdoors, increase access to play and help them gain greater independence.

Our Helping Hands team, with kind volunteers from Hilti, worked incredibly hard to dig out and level a large area close to the house. Steps and railings were built to provide safer entry to the garden and access to the upper level. A large decked area gives the family an outdoor seating area, and the fake grass area provides a safe and stimulating play surface for the boys.

We love it - Excellent job!

Charlene - Nathan and Declan’s mum
Nathan and Declan - before garden makeover

The family garden before the team set to work

Nathan and Declan now have a safe, fun space to play outside!

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