Purple Camel Sheffield - Help us create a Growing Garden to promote recovery journey from drug and alcohol misuse
A bit about us
Phoenix Futures is a leading charity for people with drug and alcohol problems throughout the UK. Offering a diverse range of specialist services across community, prison and residential settings, we help people with substance misuse issues change and rebuild their lives.
Phoenix Futures has been working with people with substance misuse issues for over 50 years, and last year we supported over 19,300 individuals. Our fundamental belief throughout has remained the same – that every person who is dependent on drugs and alcohol has the potential to rebuild their life. It is however only by focusing on an individual’s wider recovery that lives can be rebuilt and individuals can stay on track.
Opened in 1984 the Sheffield Adult Residential Service is based in a large Victorian house with beautiful grounds in a leafy area of Sheffield, and provides a Therapeutic Community for up to 36 adults to support their recovery from substance misuse.
In addition to our core recovery services we also offer a number of personal development programmes that help service-users gain skills, confidence, motivation, employment and re-integrate into their communities. The longest running and most successful of these programmes is Recovery through Nature.
Recovery through Nature (RtN) is our pioneering, evidence based conservation therapy programme. RtN engages teams of service users in recovery in a range of practical conservation projects, and uses that experience to aid their rehabilitation and recovery.
What Service Users say about RtN:
Lane End Farm Trust is set on a working farm in the Peak District. They provide farm activities driven by the needs of young people including horse & carriage driving, animal care, conservation, horticulture, bush-craft and basic cooking skills to encourage personal development.
Their objective is to provide an environment where they offer alternative education and therapy through horticulture, rural studies and animal care to disadvantaged and/or disabled young people, including those with learning difficulties, behavioural, physical and/or mental health issues and those who have become disengaged from school, providing opportunities for them to learn new, and develop existing skills.
Their sustainable food cycle project, Down To Earth grows seasonal organic vegetables, keep hens for eggs and rear sheep and pigs to sell to local restaurants, cafes & grocers in the local communities that the young people live in. The opportunities provided gives students the chance to be involved in a real work environment and gain experience, empowerment, qualifications, and personal and social development.
Why we need your support
In these straightened times where there has been a steady reduction in funding available to substance misuse recovery services across the country, we have to come up with innovative ideas to be able to continue supporting service users in their recovery journey.
The benefits of using environmental conservation as therapy is widely evidenced, and we would like to expand on the work currently being done by staff and volunteers to help people in their recovery journey from drug and alcohol misuse.
The guiding ideas are oriented around growing as much of our own produce as possible in our gardens / allotments (to be used in our kitchens), developing a culture of recycling, being aware of, and reducing the way we use and save energy – heating, lighting, water and pollution awareness. In essence looking at the use of renewable resources across the spectrum.
Working in partnership with Lane End Farm Trust at the Sheffield Adult Residential is the logical way to bring our expertise together and develop the desired sustainable concept.
What we will do with the money raised
The money raised from your donations will be used to develop the existing ‘Recovery garden’ at Phoenix Futures (PF) into a kitchen/garden of raised growing beds. The intention is to create a vegetable and fruit growing garden that can supply seasonal organic produce for the kitchen at Storth Oaks, and provide food for people in the local community, working with the Lane End Farm Trusts' (LEFT) existing customer network.
In addition to the raised beds, we intend to have a poly-tunnel on site to extend the growing season and provide better growing conditions to produce a wider variety of produce for more months of the year.
The money from your support will be spent on the following:
Accessible paths around the garden - £2600
Shed / Benches / Greenhouse/ Poly Tunnel / Fire Pit - £1500
Fruit Trees / Shrubs / Wormery - £500
Tools / Skip - £900
Professional Labour Costs - £500
Impact of your funding
The recovery garden will give more individuals the space and opportunity to progress their recovery from substance misuse, with service users from both PF and LEFT having access to working in the garden across all stages of the growing season.
LEFT trained staff with horticulture and therapeutic horticulture experience will provide guidance and training for service users which will be paid for specifically from Purple Camel project funds. As the project develops we intend to provide qualifications for service users who wish to engage in that part of the program. Other users may simply benefit from the chance to be involved in a real work environment and gain empowerment through the therapeutic benefits of horticulture, contributing to their recovery journey.
The benefits to the wider community, including local residents, volunteers and support workers, is access to high quality ethically produced food at fair prices that is grown and harvested by our service users. This ultimately improves community cohesion through inclusive outreach across the local area.
Be part of the drive to help people recover from substance misuse and bring ethically produced fruit and veg to our local community in Sheffield. Support, pledge and get involved in our project and its funding to enable us achieve our aims and continue to change lives.
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