Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £10000
Gardening and community food growing has been highlighted by several studies to be beneficial for adults and children with challenging physical or mental health problems. Such activities can relieve the symptoms of serious illnesses, prevent the development of some conditions, and introduce people to a way of life that can help them to improve their wellbeing in the long term. With this research in mind, and equally whilst acknowledging the generous support already given by this fund in Round 1 to support our Potting Sheds for Patter initiative, we are seeking to recruit a part time Volunteer and Community Coordinator to support our ongoing community engagement activities, recruit and support volunteers, and really embed our work with local communities and health care practitioners – especially in developing connections with Link Workers; supporting individuals and managing our volunteer database to expand our projects and services in support of creating a greener and healthier community through the power of food growing.