The Sovini Group help local Merseyside family with autism-friendly garden
Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group have been working together in collaboration with Cobalt Housing Association to create an autism-friendly garden for a local Merseyside family. Cash for Kids has facilitated the project, whilst The Sovini Group have delivered the works.
The Sovini Group which incorporates One Vision Housing, Pine Court Housing Association, Sovini Property Services, Sovini Trade Supplies and Carroll Group is a property management and development group based in Merseyside operating throughout the UK.
Cash for Kids mission is to respond to the needs of children in their communities, they aspire to enable all children to live life to the full and achieve their individual potential. They support children ages 0-18 who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect. In 2017 they raised over £23 million and supported more than 709,000.
The family were in need of some outdoor space for their two children, George and Jack Knowles who suffer from autism. After approaching The Steve Morgan Foundation for sensory toys the family realised their garden wasn’t autism-friendly or suitable for the sensory toys, for example the fences could be easily climbed on, and they needed artificial turf as the little ones often enjoyed playing in the mud and putting bits of plastic from the ground in their mouths. The children couldn’t play in the garden without constant supervision.
Soon after discovering the garden wasn’t suitable, the family began to search for the costs involved in transforming it into an autism-friendly escape for the kids. They quickly realised the costs involved would be completely unaffordable at around £6,000, this was when they were put in contact with Cash for Kids and The Sovini Group.
A sensory garden stimulates all senses in a non-overwhelming way; sight, touch, taste, and sound, through the use of different artificial plants, materials and toys.
The Sovini Group’s job was to create a garden which allowed the children to explore their senses in a safe and stimulating environment including sourcing and fitting brand new flagging, new posts and special fencing which faced outward to give more security, a brand new secure gate and artificial grass. The Carroll Group kindly donated skips to be used at the property, Sovini Trade Supplies donated the materials and Sovini Property Services delivered the works, free of charge.
Dad, Adam Knowles said:
“Sovini Property Services inspected the garden and said that they could do the works free of charge.
Thankfully the boys have now got what they need and the sensory toys have been delivered. My little lads need them just to keep them going. Because they’re just like little energizer bunnies so they need a safe space to play in.
Whether rain, shine or snow they can come outside and play without getting muddy. I would like to say a huge thank you to Mike Cook at Sovini Property Services, he has helped us out so much, and he even helped us to install the sensory toys as I was unable to do it by myself.”
Steven Parker, Director of Sovini Property Services said:
“We are committed to supporting the local community whenever we can. This has been such a special project and it is fantastic for us to be able to work with Cash for Kids to make a difference for this family.”
Clare Carole, Cash for Kids Charity Manager said:
“We are so grateful for the support we have received from everyone at The Sovini Group, they are a real pleasure to work with. The transformation is amazing not only from a visual point of view but from how it will transform the quality of life for the boys. It is fabulous when we can work together with local businesses to improve the lives of others”