Growing Ideas Wins Growing Homes Funding Bid
Growing Ideas has been awarded grant funding by the Isle of Wight Council’s Adult and Community Learning Service to deliver a training project in a hostel for the homeless. The project, provisionally named Growing Homes, has been put together in partnership with Southern Housing Group and will achieve the following:
- Conversion of an underused and unwelcoming grassy space and portion of car park into a thriving, engaging and beautiful raised bed garden and recreational area;
- Delivery of informal, hands-on training sessions for residents throughout 2011-2012 – covering planning, design, construction, planting, plant care, harvesting, preserving and cooking produce, composting and recycling.
As well as the benefits to the residents associated with learning new skills there are many other potential positive aspects to the project. Residents should find that their mental health will improve and they will also be encouraged to live more healthily via:
- Growing their own food;
- Meeting new people, making friends and developing new hobbies;
- Increased outdoor exercise;
- Feeding themselves and their families more cheaply, with fresh produce;
- Living a more natural, proactive life;
- Becoming more environmentally friendly by creating new, garden based habitats and developing a low carbon lifestyle by consuming local produce;
- Increasing opportunities to become involved in the local community.
Sessions will be informal, innovative and very much focused on a hands-on, non-threatening approach to the learning. Mark Meredith, Senior Community Regeneration Officer at Southern Housing Group said ‘This is a very exciting project and we’re looking forward to making a difference to the residents and staff at Yarborough House as well as working with Growing Ideas again.’