Welcome to Bloom.
I am on a mission to get everyone taking more positive action on their mental health, and to ignite that spark I want to provide people with an amazing space to grow, develop and find sanctuary, while fostering a sense of community, and sustainability for the environment.
My business plan is to develop a wellbeing centre for all ages and backgrounds, to understand about stress and stress management, and promote positive mental health; learning that can be effectively woven in to our daily lives, to help build resilience, self-management and social cohesion.
The core features of the social enterprise, and the building itself, provide an oasis of calm that invites you in to relax, take care of yourself and re-energise.
The centre itself will comprise a Coaching and Wellbeing Pod, a Library and E-Learning Pod, a Recreation and Family Pod, a Hydro-Therapy Spa Pod, and an Entrance Pod. Bloom will contain landscaped tranquil gardens, both flowering, and fruit and vegetable gardens developed by Eco-Therapy gardening, using voluntary sector groups that support people with mental health issues, and ex-army veterans.
Supporting Eco-Therapy projects provides opportunities for people to develop their mental wellbeing, learn about growing food and plants, and gain valuable skills for employment and training.
There will be an increase in bio-diversity for natural habitats of birds, bee populations and wildlife, through the development of the gardens, orchards and woodland. Bloom will grow its own produce - vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices to supply the café (by end of Year 1), and in time will create its own line of preserves, chutneys, pickles and juices.
All other food and drinks for the two cafes will be freshly prepared on site with produce from local farmers and suppliers, minimising the 'food miles' carbon footprint. There will be several event spaces around Bloom, including an Amphitheatre in the grounds, to hold workshops, meetings, evenings of culture and music, inspiring talks and much, much more.
I have identified Croydon as an area that is embarking on a vast programme of regeneration and this could be an ideal place for Bloom. Nestled out in the lush verdant green of the countryside, well connected transport links with London and the South East, with access to Gatwick airport, and the Continent.
It's space to unwind
It's a place to get inspired
It's space to rejuvenate
And a place to just be
It's a place to make friends
It's space to make plans
It's a place to discover who you want to be
It's space to bloom.