The 2020 COVID 19 pandemic has meant that sadly our usual way of ‘doing things’ has had to change and thus our usual ‘face to face’ groups and activities have ceased through the majority of 2020, due partly to the insufficient space we have to hold group sessions – the cornerstone of our service provision. The lack of face to face and group contact for our service users and peers has undoubtedly had a negative effect on them – 000s of local people. This project aims to fill that void by transforming a currently highly underutilised garden that is located at the back of our offices, into a large useable space, in which our service users can get great benefit and use from. The project will be run by our staff team at Havering Mind, and we will utilise our large client/volunteer base through each step of the project, involving design, building and maintenance of all aspects.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This project will be a great creative activity for our client base to be a part of through volunteering and taking ownership of a eco project, thus increasing self esteem and confidence. It will lead to a reduction in isolation in our community as individuals have a safe space to go to and engage with others, and will create a long lasting environment for new peer groups to form and flourish in the future.
Steps to get it done:
We will also engage with local businesses and community groups to get their buy in to the project, and obtain the pro bono benefits of professional services. The timeframe is for us to commence with the clearing and levelling process of the existing space in the Springtime, with the project itself being completed and the garden ready to use in early Summer 2021.
About the space
London Borough of Havering