It will create a space where relationships will be built, enjoyment had and opportunities created. For example the garden will need weekly maintenance and that opens the door for those unemployed but looking for work to volunteer in its upkeep. We will then be able to be an official referee on their CVs and help support job applications. Part of the garden will grow food with the aim of helping people to have the confidence to grow their own at home. The sensory and wild flower areas of the garden aim to be places to encourage reflection hopefully enabling new perspectives on situations to arise.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Alvaston and Allenton are deprived suburbs of Derby and there are many issues. We run a significant food bank (currently helping more than 100 people a week) with the local churches and life is very hard for many local people. The community garden aims to be an oasis where people can feel safe, reflect, and share with those that will listen.
Steps to get it done:
Connecting with the earth and nature is one of the greatest gifts we have been given. It’s no surprise that many people find gardens and the act of creating them a pastime that nourishes their spirit and feeds their soul. The positive possibilities are vast and exciting. There is nothing else like this in the area and the need is there.
About the space
Redundant land to the side of the main church building