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 £7.50. We need seasonal bedding and some training costs for 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:
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:
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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