Therapeutic Gardening - Spring 2021
We are delighted to continue to run therapeutic gardening sessions for those who are able to attend, after a break during January. The sessions continue to offer meaningful activity and crucial social contact at a time when there are still a lot of restrictions on normal life and much social isolation. We have put in place a variety of measures to reduce any risks as far as possible and to keep our participants and volunteer support workers safe as best we can. You can see our safety guidelines here.
The project co-ordinators continue to be in regular telephone contact with participants who are still self-isolating to check in with them one-to-one and to provide a listening ear.
Extension to Sanctuary Building
We are deeply grateful to have received new funding , as well as some private donations, to enable us to complete an extension to our Sanctuary building in the Peace Garden. This is really important to enable us to meet social distancing guidelines on wet days in the months ahead. The final decoration is finally finished and we now have a building which is half as big again as it was originally, with adequate space to accomodate the current social distancing guidelines. Looking to the future, it provides a great additional space for indoor activities in inclement weather and storage space for art materials. Especial thanks to the Riding Grange Grassroots Fund for their contribution to the cost of this essential building work.
Veg Box Sceme 2021
Following on from the success of our veg box scheme during the pandemic last year, we have decided to use our large veg growing area to provide fesh produce for the local community in this way again in 2021. This provides a varied range of jobs for participants of all abilities and an income to help suppport the gardening therapy project into the future. If you are interested in signing up for a weekly box, do get in touch promptly.
One of our long-standing participants, Andrew da Costa used his considerable skills as a photographer to produce a fantastic photographic record of the group’s activities through the seasons of the gardening year, with support from volunteer, Veronica Bell. Other participants have enjoyed coming up with humorous captions for the pictures. You can enjoy this vibrant visual record by using the link above or the drop down menu at the top of this Latest News page.
As a registered charity, Let's Get Growing is commited to keeping its therapeutic horticulture service available to all, regardless of financial circumstances. The majority of participants attending our gardening therapy days are able to access a personal budget or direct payment. Those who are not supported through the NHS can apply to our bursary fund, as we have a clear policy of welcoming all, irrespective of personal means.
The nature of the beneficiary groups with whom we work means that some charitable funding is therefore needed to support our work. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the Boundary Lane Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, the Tesco Bags for Help fund, the Watkins Family Fund and the Big Lottery Community Fund for generously supporting us through the pandemic.
Our wonderful Sanctuary building is still available for hire by third parties as an alternative workshop space or away day venue - please see photos below. The building has a newly-fitted kitchen, woodburner and the poshest compost loo you have ever come across! It's simple, cosy and the setting is truly idyllic. Cost £50/half day or £100/full day. All proceeds go towards maintaining the building to support our gardening therapy work. For more information on hiring the building or to check dates, do contact us