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SEN Support (360G-SomersetCF-A415026)

Gardening sessions for children with disabilities


31 Aug 2016

Recipient Organization

Growing Space (GB-COH-04297947)

Grant details
Amount Applied For 2500
Amount Awarded 2000
Award Date 2016-08-31T00:00:00+00:00
Beneficiary Location: Country Code GB
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code E01029229
Beneficiary Location: Geographic Code Type LSOA
Beneficiary Location: Name South Somerset 005D
Grant Programme: Code Growing Futures Match Funding Challenge
Grant Programme: Title Grants to Groups
Impact Category Improve life skills, education, employability and enterprise
Last Modified 2017-11-03T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Duration (months) 10
Planned Dates: End Date 2017-07-21T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2016-09-05T00:00:00+00:00
Primary age group Young People (13 – 18)
Primary beneficiary Children and Young People
Primary ethnicity White British
Primary issue Education, learning and training
Recipient Org: Charity Number 1090917
Recipient Org: Company Number 04297947
Recipient Org: Description The Growing Space (Wincanton) ltd was constituted in 2001 as a social and therapeutic horticulture charity based at, and working in partnership with, Wincanton's healthy living centre (The Balsam Centre). This healthy living partnership has maintained an ethos of de-stigmatising health issues, particularly mental health, and of encouraging socialising between disparate social groups as a way of fostering tolerance and understanding. The centre operates an open door policy and maintains a wide range of preventative health services and activities for anyone's involvement. The main aim is to enable positive life change, promoting and sustaining good mental health through community based activities. The Charity has used finance effectively to build a wide range of resources that enable participation in horticulture year-round in any weather, to develop activity programmes that match a wide range of need and ability and encourage as wide a range of beneficiaries with different backgrounds to garden together in a spirit of mutual cooperation. It has built and effectively maintained partnerships with local mental health services, adult social care teams, GP's, schools, local authorities and community based mutual support groups. This enables delivery of services to a wide range of people with often complex needs. Positive life change is enabled through participants’ engagement in an extensive range of horticultural activities based on producing cut flowers, fruit and vegetables for the centre's café, ornamentals and the maintenance of outdoor environments that match the needs of the community. It uses a social & therapeutic horticulture approach as opposed to a straight occupational therapy approach, which means that activity takes place in a natural setting, includes aspects of democracy and involvement, meaningful productivity, social coherence, cooking and eating together, and links with associated arts and crafts activities run at the centre. The Centre's mental health worker contributes to the management of these activities to ensure they effectively meet participant's needs. The Centre's volunteer coordinator recruits volunteers with specific skills to assist with support of beneficiaries, development of the gardens and to act as motivated role models. Support workers and teaching assistants from schools contribute to supporting beneficiaries in their gardening activities so that the spirit of cooperation is effectively extended to all age groups.
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