Wakefield Council have announced the official opening of a new garden for adults living with disabilities, to teach them gardening and cooking skills that could help them into work.

The original outdoor area at Agbrigg and Belle Vue Community Centre had fallen into disrepair, following its closure due to the COVID-19 lockdowns which began in March 2020.

The efforts of the staff have brought the space back to life.

The councils Day Opportunities service, which takes care of adults with autism or a learning disability, has been able to restart its support and training and give carers a break from their daily responsibilities.

You can taste some of the fresh produce by visiting the centre’s café, Monty’s, where dishes on the menu feature fresh ingredients grown in the garden.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, officially opened the space and gave the workers a helping hand. She said: “It is fantastic to come here and see the difference the centre makes to their lives.

“It provides meaningful activities and gives people living with disabilities the chance to develop skills that could lead to employment or help them become more independent in everyday life.”

The council have also started running a supported employment scheme, based at the centre, and funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, which seeks paid employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism.

Along with gardening, there is in-depth training in the café, for them to learn about food hygiene and preparation.

Try out Monty’s café, it’s open Monday to Thursday 9:30am – 2:30pm and Friday 9am – 12:30pm.