Supporting communities to crowdfund for projects which matter to their neighbourhood.
To restore an allotment garden back to its original condition in an area of deprivation. Using volunteers and working with Probation Service and those fulfilling thier community payback hours, the allotment will be completely rebuilt and replanted with fruit and vegetables. Those taking part will benefit from physical exercise and the overall wellbeing that comes form this. It will also provide a place for social gatherings. The future running of the project will be handed over to the community and other interested parties once its is established. The allotment will provide voluntary work for many volunteers and especially those having to fulfill community payback hours. Produce from the allotment will be either given to those requiring food parcels through the food bank network, or given to a local community cafe to help create food for the needy.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
A focal point in the community that all ages can access for either pleasure or eduction. It will create a social space that will provide work and activity for those involved. Being part of this project will give the local community a sense of ownership and the desire to improve the neighbourhood, as well the wellbeing that results from this. Food thats grown will be distributed to those in need locally, as well as citywide through the food bank network. A local community cafe will also benefit from food donated and be used to feed this in need
Steps to get it done:
The mental health benefits of gardening and horticulture is well documented. This project will help those struggling with poor mental health as they participate and achieve success. Working with National Probation Service will mean those having to fulfil community payback hours will have a chance to do it on a meaningful and rewarding project.
About the space
Sunderland City Council