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Mayor visits new sensory garden

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The Mayor of Dudley has officially unveiled a new sensory garden at a Stourbridge centre for the blind and visually impaired.

A group of 12 young people, aged 16 to 25 from the Prince’s Trust, worked for two weeks to create the new garden at Beacon Stourbridge.

During his visit to the centre, at the Mary Stevens Centre in Hagley Road, Oldswinford, Councillor David Stanley was also shown around the site to see what it offers for residents.

The mayor then attended the Prince’s Trust Team 398 presentation evening to present certificates to the dozen young people who completed a 12-week course which included the garden work.

Councillor David Stanley, the Mayor of Dudley, said:

I was delighted to visit Stourbridge Beacon.
The centre offers so much for blind and visually impaired people with plans for more services also in the pipeline too.
The new sensory garden was very impressive and shows what young people can do when they are supported and put their minds to something. I was very impressed with the group from the Prince’s Trust and I am sure they will all go on to make a positive mark in our community.
It’s so nice to see that these young people have set themselves clear ambitions and I wish them every success.

Michaella Evans, Prince’s Trust 398 team leader, said:

It was great that the Mayor was able to come along to meet our young people, and also to see first hand their efforts to create the new sensory garden at Stourbridge Beacon.
They have all worked so hard over the 12-week course and it was a real boost to them that such an important civic figure made the effort to come and see them.

Jackie Tromans, centre manager at Stourbridge Beacon, said:

We asked for the Mayor to attend so that we could make him aware of what is going on in Stourbridge Beacon and the services that are being asked for amongst our members.
We would like to thank him for coming along to raise his awareness so that on his travels he can promote our services, friendship groups and coffee mornings.

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