Key priority area: Social isolation and loneliness
Funding awarded: £2000
The mental health and wellbeing benefits of being outside and surrounded by nature are well documented. Gardening and growing brings a wonderful sense of peace and accomplishment across the generations. Our involvement with Keep Growing Aberdeen during the pandemic allowed us to we see levels of interest and engagement in people learning to grow their own food increase. A stumbling block within community groups though was basic knowledge in doing this. We get asked to support a lot of groups and need more volunteers to be successful in achieving this. College and university students also have expressed an interest in where their food comes from and are looking to engage with others. The project will enable us to purchase seeds, plants, equipment and pay for a training course for a volunteer to become a gardening trainer.