Hope therapeutic and relaxation garden

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Hope therapeutic and relaxation garden

Hope therapeutic and relaxation garden

Northampton Hope Centre By Northampton Hope Centre

We want to develop our therapeutic garden by offering a nicer, warmer environment with more attractive planting and including our commemoration garden for homeless people who have died on the street.

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Hope is a homelessness and poverty charity which helps 150 people a day, with facilities like food, clothes and shelter, plus training, and a range of life-affirming activities to improve their lives. As well as art and fitness, this includes gardening, and our garden space is a lifeline for people with acute mental health and addiction issues that often accompany homelessness and marginalisation. Our garden, which last year won an RHS Gold Medal under Britain in Bloom, provides therapy and relaxation for our service users. It hosts a nationally recognised memorial to those homeless people who have died in the last couple of years. The garden needs maintenance and an extension to the memorial part; we commemorate each death with an engraved stone, and each costs £10.00. We need seasonal bedding and some training costs for training homeless people in gardening. We'd like to employ a gardening tutor to teach our service users about gardening and lead gardening sessions.

What we'll deliver:

  • Extend our memorial garden to catch up with over 20 recent deaths
  • Engage a gardening tutor to teach gardening skills to homeless people
  • Purchase seasonal planting

Why it's a great idea:

The garden has been recognised nationally by the key horticultural body in the UK; it has had extensive media coverage, including internationally. It is loved and valued by service users, for whom it offer respite from the burden of street living and poverty; it helps relax the mind, provides a place for service user dogs, and a place to unwind, learn and get out in the fresh air; socialise, and meet new friends. Anyone who comes sees immediately what this setting offers.

Steps to get it done:

  • To advertise 20 sessions of gardening in a season
  • To involve at least 20 people in gardening
  • To enable self-reported improvements in mental health or addiction state amongst at least 60% of participants

This project forms one part of Hope Gardening, a social enterprise with other elements. Check these out here https://hopeenterprises.org.uk/gardening.html Any funds raised above and beyond the immediate needs of the therapeutic garden will go towards our other gardening work, including a large growing project growing healthy food for hungry people in need.

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Location Northampton

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Northampton Borough Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £2,003

Tutor time leading sessions - £1,360 (68%)
Planting and seeds - £250 (12%)
Cost of new engraved stones - £200 (10%)
Other - £193 (10%)

Costs Breakdown

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68%
Tutor time leading sessions
£1,360
12%
Planting and seeds
£250
10%
Cost of new engraved stones
£200
10%
Other
£193
  • Spacehive fees
    £91
  • Transaction Fees
    £84
  • VAT
    £18

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: Similar opportunities to learn how to grow veg at our larger allotment project, on the same costings (£17 per hour). We will offer 2.5 hr workshops where people can learn the basics of growing veg and herbs for the table, for people with only limited growing space or those who can grow in their gardens. This will be for the general public. To run 5 sessions would cost £1200 including all resources/refreshments etc

Total £2,003

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