Wain Supports Wellbeing Project for Ivybridge Charity

Wain Supports Wellbeing Project for Ivybridge Charity

Wain Supports Wellbeing Project for Ivybridge Charity


An Ivybridge charity which looks after the wellbeing of vulnerable young adults in Devon has undergone an outdoor transformation, thanks to our South West team.

The garden area of Young Devon’s accommodation facility on Western Road in Ivybridge was an under-utilised asset until the charity appealed to Wain Homes’ ‘Helping Hands’ community support initiative.

A team of 15 Wain Homes employees visited Young Devon and created a new communal patio area which residents can now use for seating, relaxation, outdoor activities, group art and gardening.

The team also undertook general gardening and landscaping tasks and we are looking forward to donating towards garden furniture when the patio is formally opened in Spring this year.

Young Devon has put young people at the heart of Devon since 1949. Starting off as Devon Youth Association, for seven decades it has made Devon a better place for all young people. Each year it helps more than 2,000 people with skills training, accommodation and mental wellbeing.

Andrea Colson, supportive housing systems coordinator at Young Devon, said: “We are so thankful to Wain Homes and pleased with the transformation of the garden, as it gives us a really useful space to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air as well as a communal area to chat and eat out in good weather.

“Previously, we had nowhere we could sit individually or as a group. This will help us to tailor our support to meet individuals’ needs. It will enable us to plan activities in the summer such as BBQs, outside table tennis, group art activities and gardening to get our residents outside relaxing and enjoying nature at its best which will support their physical and mental health.  We also hope to add planters for our residents to grow herbs and some vegetables which will give really useful living skills for when they move on into independent living.”

Wain Homes is building a collection of two, three, four and five-bedroom homes at our Saxon Gate development in Ivybridge.

Steve Goldsworthy from Wain Homes said: “Building in the heart of a community goes well beyond bricks and mortar; it involves becoming part of that community and I am proud of the team of Helping Hands from Wain Homes who volunteered their time to deliver a project that will have a tangible benefit for some of our more vulnerable young neighbours.

“We never take for granted the opportunity to build new homes and activities such as transforming Young Devon’s outside space shows our team at their best, dedicated, supportive and willing to roll up their sleeves to get involved.”