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Health and Housing Team Up to Improve Local Community

Posted on the 12th February 2018

A social inclusion service in Blackburn with Darwen has partnered up with Places for People, local residents and volunteers to create a place of peace for people for people to access in the community.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Restart Service has teamed up with residents and staff at a Places for People complex in Blackburn, to make an old rubbish dumping ground a ‘Garden or Memories’ for the local community. The idea for the project came about through residents who had lived at the complex for a number of years but had never really integrated with the community there. 

The area of Wensley Fold is one of the most under deprived within Blackburn with Darwen and over recent years, there has been a number of tragic incidents, which have affected the community. Following on from this, residents really wanted to connect with the wider community and make change in the area. Both organisations ran a community consultation and the idea for the ‘Garden of Memories’ was born.

Lisa Smith, Community Restart Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The Community Restart Service is a modern, forward thinking service that has working with people in the community at its heart.

“We work in partnership with service users, carers, mental health specialists, employment and housing services, sports and arts communities, education providers to provide the opportunities and community connections for individuals to improve their health and wellbeing.

“We are extremely thrilled to have been part of developing such a great community asset for local people, and the project truly is a real example of integrated partnership working at its best!”

Andrew Trollope, Housing and Wellbeing Advisor at Places for People said:

“It’s been great working with Blackburn with Darwen Community Restart, the partnership working has really bought everyone together!”

Local businesses, Aladdin’s Carpets, Brent Stevenson’s memorials and Johnson Street Pharmacy, generously donated to the garden and with their support, encouragement and resources and support, the garden was made possible.

Community Restart, Places for People and local residents will be opening the doors of Devonport Court and the garden of memories to all the local residents of the Wensley Fold area on Thursday 15 February 2018.

For more information about the Community Restart Service please visit