Burngreave Messenger.
Issue 39 March 2004


by John Lawson

Greenfingers Horticultural Therapy project is an exciting new project aiming to support the high numbers of people with mental health difficulties in this area.

It has been shown that getting out in the fresh air, growing plants, herbs and vegetables can be extremely helpful in recovering from mental health problems. Horticultural therapy can also be preventative for those who are currently living stressful lives, feeling anxious or depressed. Having time out for yourself in a garden setting can play a major part in keeping you well mentally.

Funded by New Deal and employed by Pitsmoor Surgery, we will be offering people the opportunity to take part in developing three allotment plots in Grimesthorpe. At the moment we are working with the Wildlife Trust, Green City Action, Burngreave Rangers and others to get the site ready for early spring. Before we start we will have a large shed for people to sit and have a cuppa’ tea in or shelter from the rain, and a greenhouse and tool shed. When these are in place we can then begin to get things growing!

Some great ideas have already been made for how the gardens should be developed and certainly the views of people who will be working there will also be included.

We are also looking to recruit Support Workers who will work alongside people on site. (see job advert)

Similarly, we would also like to recruit volunteers who may be interested and have some time to spare. They may see voluntary work as a step towards a career in mental health, be retired or have some gardening skills they want to pass on.

We will soon be sending out referral forms to Doctors surgeries, Mental Health teams and community organisations in the area. If is anyone interested in taking part, either to improve their mental health, apply for a Support worker post or act as a volunteer, please contact John Lawson or Helen Warburton on 275 4584 or (0793) 292 7153.

email: greenfingersburn@yahoo.co.uk

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