A GROUP of teens rolled up their sleeves to give a care home a makeover.

The Maldon branch of the NCS visited the residents and staff at Longfield care home in Fambridge Close in the town to paint some of the garden furniture and plant a sensory garden under the trees.

Care home spokeswoman Paula Clarke said: “The young adults came fully prepared with many ideas, they organised themselves into teams and then set to work.

“They have been polite, respectful and a delight have in the home.

“They have been using bright colours to refurbish our seating and have also painted a mural on one of the benches.

“They then encouraged residents to come out and see the progress being made and to sit and have a conversation.

“The residents are very proud of their garden and have working hard this year planting vegetable seeds for their new vegetable patch, shopping trips out to by new flowers for their new courtyard sensory area.

“This has then been edged with painted stones which had been painted by the residents with the assistance of the NCS.

“They spent one rainy day inside the home doing activities with the residents, this is when they painted the stones and the young adults also joined the residents for a session of bingo, and some reminiscing over a cup of tea and cake.

“They had a sunflower competition, once the flowers had grown, they were transplanted into the garden, and are now blooming. Our home was also the winner of best in category for their gardens in the Maldon in bloom competition.”