Gardens for the disadvantaged Knutsford

Funded on Spacehive 5 June 2022

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Gardens for the disadvantaged Knutsford

Gardens for the disadvantaged Knutsford

Knutsford GROW By Knutsford GROW

We bring together 2 groups of disadvantaged people: we maintain the gardens of those who can't (through age and/or infirmity), doing so with volunteers with special educational needs or health issues

Knutsford Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 05 Jun 2022!

We work in the Knutsford area, maintaining the gardens of the elderly & infirm who cannot pay to have their gardens tended. Referrals to us often come via Housing Associations or social services. To undertake our work, we use 2 paid co-ordinators, who are both gardening experts, and who supervise teams of volunteers. We aim for 2/3 of our volunteers to be drawn partly from local specialist schools for those with special educational needs, and partly from those whose health precludes full time employment, but nevertheless can contribute to our work. We believe it's an enriching experience for both groups. For our garden owners (beneficiaries), they have their garden maintained so that they're able to use it as outdoor space, and many also appreciate the social contact with our volunteer teams. For our volunteers, we aim for the experience to be both rewarding in itself, and potentially a pathway to other volunteering or even employment opportunities.

What we'll deliver:

  • Maintain 30 gardens over a 4 week period during the summer

Why it's a great idea:

These are outlined in the project description, but in more detail: - for beneficiaries (garden owners): pleasanter, cared-for gardens they can enjoy and use for limited outdoor exercise, when otherwise they might not be able to; for many, social outreach and befriending is part of what we do - some report that GROW can sometimes be their only social contact in a given week. - for our volunteers we provide a sense of achievement and, we believe, enjoyment. We foster teamwork and help develop basic gardening skills. The lead-on benefit for those with special needs is that it provides a stepping stone to further, possibly more complex, volunteering opportunities, with the ultimate goal of integrating them into the community as far as possible.

Steps to get it done:

  • Deliver post-winter clearance to all our gardens

By bringing together two distinct groups of disadvantaged people for their mutual benefit, we believe we provide an unusual service of real value to the local community.

Location Knutsford

About the space

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Cheshire East Council

How will the money be spent?Total £1,297

Costs of co-ordinators - £1,000 (77%)
Waterproof clothing - £200 (15%)
Other - £97 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Costs of co-ordinators
Waterproof clothing
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT

Total £1,297

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