Our Community Wellbeing Garden Centre in Higher Broughton has won additional funding over the next 3 years from the Big Lottery “Reaching Communities” Fund.
The grant will help fund the work Garden Needs does helping mental health recovery for people throughout the area. Coupled with the substantial Mental Health and Horticulture contract funded by Salford City Council earlier in the year, health professionals, third sector organisations and the people themselves can refer to the service.
Garden Needs is a place to come and make friends, commune with nature and learn some new skills. We have drop-ins and volunteering opportunities for people with experience of mental or emotional distress.
Participants in the scheme can learn horticulture, first aid and cookery, with participants encouraged to engage with mindfulness based stress reduction techniques. All these interventions help increase confidence, skills, self-esteem and improve health.
Councillor Peter Connor, Assistant Mayor – Adult Services and Services for Older People at Salford City Council said,
” I was delighted to hear the great news about Garden Needs’ successful bid to the Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund.
This will provide additional support to enable some of the most vulnerable people in our City to take those necessary and vital steps towards recovery, and builds on the Recovery and Horticulture service that Salford City Council commissions you to deliver.
Services like yours, and the commitment you show in developing new intiatives, help us to meet our vision that all residents of Salford will have access to high quality mental health services which support their recovery. “
Markus Greenwood, CEO of Mind in Salford and Director of Garden Needs has added
“ This is wonderful news and an endorsement of all the hard work put in by our staff and volunteers, and the belief in green therapies that we’ve promoted over the years. It’s fantastic for Salford to have such an innovative mental health project. “
Scott Darraugh the CEO of Social adVentures and chair of the board of directors said
“ This is a fantastic achievement and will allow Garden Needs to develop ground breaking mental health interventions using the joys of growing to inspire people , encourage progression to work and to improve their mental wellbeing. “
Garden Needs Development & Operations Manager, Simon Colderley has also added
“ The grant from Big Lottery now gives Garden Needs the time we need to develop the garden centre into a self-sustaining community interest company. Alongside real targets in supporting people’s mental health, the money allows us to develop a robust business plan to continue our high quality services over the three years of funding from Big Lottery ”