To enable 250 people with mental health diagnosis & physical disabilities to continue their community gardening projects in Birmingham
by Sarah Treanor in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
We are a not-for profit social enterprise (CIC) based in Birmingham. We are a grass roots community organisation, established 8 years ago with help from the Princes Trust.
Over the years we have built up a large network of volunteers who support the services we offer to people of all ages and backgrounds, who have a mental health diagnosis, learning / physical disabilities or are socially isolated.
The volunteers who support us have their own personal challenges and come from some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in the country. They work alongside us, to transform neglected & redundant plots of land into thriving community gardens, food growing areas or pocket parks. This enables them to gain valuable experience and skills so that they can be trained and accredited, providing opportunities , care and friendship to our service users.
We have transformed the way that traditional community groups operate. We discover the talent that lies within those most in need. Through practical, hands on training and development we create an environment where everyone can reach their potential and help others in similar positions do the same.
This is the first time we have ever tried crowd funding and so we don't know what to expect, but what we do know is that to continue this great work we desperately need to find funding that will pay for 2 Community workers to manage the programme throughout 2018.
Please watch our video, see for yourself the great outcomes that we achieve and why we have to find the funds to keep this service alive.