We are a small community group working with adults who have a learning disability or suffer with mental illness. We provide a safe environment where individuals can have some desperately needed time for themselves from the stresses of everyday life. They meet new friends, learn new skills and receive the support they need from the staff and volunteers.
Duncan and Rob
Weighing out salad leaves for the veg bags.
At People and Gardens C.I.C we believe that everyone has the right to be given the chance to reach their full potential, whatever that may be. We nurture confidence, friendship, acceptance and self-belief.
Mike and Phil weighing out veg.
Anne writing labels for the seeds.
We use the power of horticulture and nature to support individuals with learning new skills, developing friendships, learning social skills and developing a sense of worth. We grow seasonal vegetables that go into our fortnightly veg bag scheme that is available to the local community. Those that attend the project are involved in all aspects of our veg bag scheme, from sowing the seeds, nurturing the plants growth to delivery the veg bags.
James delivery one of our veg bags.
Everyone has struggled through the last few years, but for individuals who could not understand what was happening to their world the situation was more frightening. See our short film to hear what they had to say.
The Pandemic and Me
For me working with the guys at People and Gardens is the best job I have ever had, not only is it rewarding but my work days are full of smiles and laughter with these guys, no one is judged, we are all equal. We believe that everyone should be given the chance to have a go and try, with the right support in place we can all achieve.
So why a Skydive as our first big fundraiser of 2022. We all have dreams of doing something special one day and individuals with learning disabilities are no different. To be able to realise a dream is something very special, rewarding and can be life changing. Rob has been with us for a number of years now and decided he would like to do something to give back to the project that has given him so much over the years and continues to do so. He has dreamed of doing a Skydive and when he informed us of this Suzanne (our Horticulture Manager) offered to do it with him. When asked, Rob said he would like the money they raise to go towards some new outdoor seats for those that attend the project and a memorial garden for a friend who passed away suddenly last year who attended the project.