A BARRY hostel’s staff and volunteers have hosted a residents’ garden party aimed at helping spruce up the garden area.

Resident children enjoyed arts and crafts activities and a barbecue.

Members of The Shine Project – which provides advice for young parents who are homeless or in danger of being homeless – donated plants and flower pots, and worked with the children to decorate the pots and plant the flowers in them.

They also held a craft session for the children to paint pebbles that are now displayed in the garden.

The Worker’s Education Association attended and held an iPad workshop for the residents, as well as a cupcake decorating session that proved very popular with the children.

Wenvoe Garden Centre donated 12 plants and B&Q donated a £10 gift card.

The VFM Meat Superstore gave a discount on the food purchased for the BBQ.

Volunteers who helped on the day included Angela, of Citizens Advice Bureau, who helped dig up the garden and plant some flowers and plants.

Sue Evans, a local resident and food co-op customer, took charge of the gardening, and has since returned on a few occasions with plants from her own garden to put the finishing touches to the project.

Ty Iolo staff thanked everybody who helped make the day a success.