A new ongoing enterprise starting spring 2018 is a fantastic photographic record of the group’s activities through the seasons of the gardening year and keen photographer and long-standing participant, Andrew da Costa (above right) has been kept busy taking interesting shots and editing them for our new album with support from volunteer, Veronica Bell. Other participants have enjoyed coming up with humorous captions for the pictures and we look forward to having a vibrant visual record in lieu of the written diary we have kept in the past.
We are delighted that our charity registration is now officially complete and our charity number is 1172662. Let's Get Growing has always been not-for-profit and, whilst we continue to work hard to generate some of own income, the nature of the beneficiary groups with whom we work means that some charitable funding is needed to enable us to offer our therapeutic services. Some participants attending our gardening therapy days have personal funds or are able to access a personal budget or direct payment to attend and we are working with the Care Commissioners Group to register our service officially. Others not supported by the NHS, especially those experiencing mental health difficulties or with mild learning difficulties can apply to our our bursary fund, as we have a clear policy of welcoming all, irrespective of financial means.
We would like to express our thanks to the Joseph Brough Charitable Trust Fund, the Watkin Family Fund, the Dickon Trust Fund, the Boundary Lane Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund the Hadrian Trust and Tynedale Lions for generously supporting us in 2018/2019 to cover some of our current running costs.
Our wonderful Sanctuary building is now 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