Volunteers and supporters of the Tassibee centre proudly demonstrated the results of their hard work and efforts at the opening of a new sensory garden at their meeting place on Godstone Road, Rotherham.
Tassibee, which is a support group that specialises in helping BME (Black,Minority, Ethnic) women, wanted to create a garden that would bring therapeutic benefits for local people.
The group held a special event to mark the opening of the garden, which was attended by Deputy Mayor of Rotherham Cllr Pickering and Deputy Mayoress Sue Pickering, along with Chief Executive of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Martin Kimber, Cllr Mahroof Hussain, representing One Town One Community and volunteers from the Tassibee centre who have put the hard work into transforming the garden.
The garden had to be completely re-landscaped and several tonnes of soil and rubble removed as it had a steep slope that had become overgrown and unsightly. Volunteers at the Tassibee centre planted shrubs and flowers as well as creating two water features and a hard landscaping area. The focal point of the garden is a bench dedicated to Sardar Begum, a founder member of Tassibee, who died in 2006.
Khalida Luqman, Project Manager for Tassibee, said: “The idea came from the volunteers who wanted to create an area where people could come for peace and relaxation. It will be used not only by women supported at our centre, but also by patients and carers locally. Creating the garden has also been a great opportunity to have a seating area to commemorate Sadar Begum, one of our founder members. A tremendous amount of work has taken place here and it is testament to the dedication of our volunteers and supporters that this has been achieved.”
Cllr Mahroof Hussain, Cabinet Member for Community Development Equality & Young People’s Issues for RMBC, said: “The volunteers have done a fantastic job and they should be proud of themselves and what they have achieved. This garden will be there for residents to enjoy for a long time into the future, bringing people together from across the community, building relationships and breaking down barriers.”
Rotherham-based Tassibee was founded in 1993 to provide education, training and social activities for Asian women. The organisation is committed to encouraging these women to develop in skills and self confidence, creating a network of support that enables them to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential.
Rotherham’s One Town One Community promotes values of inclusion, respect for diversity and acceptance and celebrates our differences as well as what binds us together.
For more information on One Town One Community, visit the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council website: www.rotherham.gov.uk/onetownonecommunity.
For more details about the Tassibee Centre, contact 01709 377750 or visit the website: www.tassibee.co.uk.