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Community Wellness Garden, Perth College UHI

by Fiona Leslie in Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th December 2021 we successfully raised £4,180 ( + est. £65.00 Gift Aid ) with 166 supporters in 41 days

We aim to improve Health and Wellbeing in our community by creating a garden which provides a space to relax, reflect and rejuvenate

by Fiona Leslie in Perth, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thanks to all our supporters we have reached our crowdfunding target.  Thank you so much.  With extra funding we would like to introduce water features throughout the garden to give a sense of peace and traquility in the garden help users to destress by listen to the sound of water.

The Development Trust aims to develop campaigns to support inspirational projects and create opportunities for Perth College UHI and the wider community.  The Trust is made up of volunteers from the community who are passionate about education and who want to see a thrieving institution in the local community.  

Mental Health

The wellbeing of our students and staff are a priority especially in these challenging times when mental health is increasing and there are many pressures on young people and society. The money raised will create a community garden to improve the wellbeing of our students, staff and local residents. It will give them space to think and reflect, building their confidence and  support their resilience to be able to deal with the many pressures they face. We need to support students to succeed in their studies helping them get through these difficult and uncertain times. 

The Project

Each year over  800 students at Perth College are recorded as having mental health issues - likely with many more going undetected.  To address this issue and the wellbeing of all our students, staff and the local residents we would like to create a community  wellness garden which we believe will enhance the existing sports facilities and provides space to relax, reflect and rejuvenate, subsequently improving health and care practices.   We see the garden playing a pivotal role in the wellbeing of both the college and the wider community helping to improve the quality of life for users . Breaks from studies, meetings, lunch hours and evening relaxation could be spent enjoying the benefits of the garden gathering thoughts and renewing their energy.  The proposed cafe area would provide an excellent space to be with others and would enhance the garden's sense of community. 

Enhancing the Student Experience 

The garden would be created by horticultural students, providing work-based study, learning and employment opportunities. Once established students and staff would have the opportunity to volunteer to look after the garden, giving them the chance to take a pride in their local community. 

Exercise and Interaction

The decking area would provide a space for exercise social interaction and events, creating opportunities for health and wellbeing.  Regular Yoga and Tai Chi classes will be timetabled to explore the mind body and a range of health and beauty treatments would also be available.

Pressures on young people and society are well documented and amplified by the pandemic .  As young people strive to make their way in today's world, balancing the pressures of study, finance and job prospects is extremely challenging.  Enhancing the Campus environment with an accessible sanctuary will address these challenges, help students stay on course and benefit the health and wellbeing of the community 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£500 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Name a bench

Name a bench in our garden. Why not select your favourite spot in the garden and buy a bench. By donating £500 you can add your name or a dedication to a plaque on the bench.

£15 or more

Acknowledgement on Donor Tree

Every gift of £15 and more will be eligible to put their name on a leaf in our donor tree. This will show that you have contributed to making the community a better place.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Free Fitness Session By donating £20 you can enjoy a free session at one of our fitness classes in the Academy of Sport and Wellbeing.

£30 or more

£30 Reward

By donating £30 you can enjoy a beauty therapy session of your choice in our training salon.

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