An accessible garden created for 14 year old Shakira

Posted on the 1st August 2017

Shakira has Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Scoliosis and Learning Disabilities. She uses a wheelchair or a specialist walker to get around and needs full support to mobilise herself. The family garden was inaccessible with a really narrow pathway from one exit, steps from another and with no level area for Shakira to use.

The family wanted Shakira to be able to enjoy the garden with them and have space to move around safely, to gain independence.

The Garden Makeover

Volunteers from St James’s Place & Speedy Services came together and over two days they created a large area that Shakira will be able to access.

The team cleared a section of the garden back to dirt, leveled it and installed artificial grass. They created a ramp from the back door to a large decked area, where the family will be able to sit together. For sensory stimulation an outdoor mirror was hung against the house and a large raised planter plus wheelchair accessible bench, with trays for sand and water play was built at the other side of the grass. This will encourage Shakira to use all of the space available.

Watch the moment Shakira sees her new garden for the first time!

Amazing, Thank you

Tracey, Shakira’s mum

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