£10,000 grant awarded to Pelsall Hall

Pelsall Hall has been given a £10,000 boost after Walsall Council awarded it a grant to help create a woodland garden, allotments and a bowling green.

The residential home, in Paradise Lane, applied for the council’s Quality Improvement Incentive Scheme, which recognises efforts made to improve people’s health and wellbeing and encourages links with their communities.

Fiona McCracken, activities co-ordinator at Pelsall Hall, which is part of Greensleeves Homes Trust, said the funding would create a raised allotments area suitable for wheelchair users, create a wildlife garden and provide a crown bowls area with seating.

“Our residents are encouraged and supported to make decisions and bring about change and when they said they didn’t enjoy going into the garden it paved the way for us to come up with a project,” she explained.

“The difference the new garden has made is huge. It gives us so much scope to provide more activities with residents. We are continuing our partnership with Walsall Council by working with its creative development team on arts and craft opportunities.”

The home, which offers residential care for elderly people, was today enjoying an open day with pupils from Pelsall Village School attending this morning to make seasonal kites with residents and children from St Michael’s School taking part in an insect hotel making session in the afternoon.

Local historian Annita Bates also visited, displaying photos of old Pelsall Hall when it was owned by the Charles family.

Councillor Barbara McCracken, portfolio holder for Social Care with Walsall Council Coalition, said the application from Pelsall Hall impressed the Quality Assurance Team because it focused on the involvement of residents, their relatives and the community.

“Credit must also go to the enthusiasm and dedication of staff who have been so passionate about making Pelsall Hall a real home from home for people,” she added.

Brandon Scott-Omenka, service manager Quality Assurance and chair of the award panel, said: “The application from Pelsall Hall was for a considerable investment but it was also amongst the best we have received and included both £2,000 fundraising by the home and local community and a voluntary reduction in contractors’ fee.”

The Quality Assurance Team works with health colleagues, the Care Quality Commission, the Joint Commissioning Unit, Safeguarding Team, Procurement Contracting and Assessment and Care Management to gather intelligence, identify best practice and set standards for care services.

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