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People with aphasia empowered as volunteers

26 June 2006

On 1st June 2006 Redcross Gardens, just around the corner from the Connect London Centre, was officially reopened by HRH Princess Anne following a period of regeneration undertaken by Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

Five people with aphasia were involved in the regeneration as volunteer gardeners.  These volunteer placements came about as a result of Connect's Volunteering Inclusion Campaign, funded by a Department of Health Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme (administered by Age Concern England). 

Several Connect people attended the grand opening, which had a Victorian theme to commemorate the garden's original founder, Octavia Hill.  The design of the new gardens replicates the original planting of the space during the late 19th Century. 

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