Spring is (finally) in the air, the days are warm(ish), the sun is shining (sometimes) and Valley House Young Parent Service has kick started a gardening project!
We’ve been hard at work, ordering and assembling the essentials. There will be more garden items arriving shortly and we can’t wait to update you with our progress! Alongside this, we will be providing resources for our Stonewater residents to develop their gardens, as Stonewater have donated a fantastic £1910 towards the project.
This project has also been made possible by a donation of £460 from Co-operative Heart of England Charity, so a big thank you to them too!
We currently have a small working group developing the project. The aim is to get service users involved with the group and to develop an educational programme with the use of a volunteer.
Why are we doing this?
We want to enable individuals and families, especially children, to learn about growing food through maintaining their own vegetable plot and garden. We hope to increase their knowledge and practical experience of how food is grown and where it comes from. Eventually we hope to use our home grown produce in cookery classes with service users. We are also keen for them to understand food and nutrition and increase their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Although started by the Young Parent service, this project is for all services, and we will be encouraging any that are interested to get involved, green fingered or not.
How can I help with the project?
We are looking for donations of garden pots, if you have any you no longer use, that you could drop into Valley House we would be very grateful. We will also accept old wellies for planting!
Are you a great gardener with spare time on your hands?
We are also looking for a volunteer gardener to help develop a small vegetable and growing area on our Courthouse green site. This will involve assisting our service users in planting and maintaining a small garden and using your enthusiasm and knowledge to engage service users to get involved in planning and development of the growing area.
If this is something you think you would be interested in, or would like more details, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact us on; 024 76 26 62 80 and ask to speak to Wesley Longden.