We are working with Cardiff and Vale Health Charity, the South West (SW) Cardiff Primary Care cluster and Grow Cardiff on the Grow Well Project to help those who are feeling lonely and isolated by getting them involved in community gardening.
The project works as equal partners with patient volunteers, health professionals and community services to develop therapeutic community growing spaces which support the health and wellbeing of local people experiencing poor mental health, physical health and a feeling of social isolation.
During the Grow Well sessions, patient volunteers engage in a range of ‘hands-on’ experiences which are based on their collective ideas and interests which are then developed to enhance the community gardens.
Not only is this having a positive impact on their mental and physical health, but the benefits extend to the environment as well, offering local wildlife a safe haven and producing locally grown fruit and vegetables.
“In here, I feel safe. I trust the people here. I found I’ve got a new community, so in many ways, it’s a bit like being with family. I feel very happy here and my confidence has changed tremendously.”Project participant
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