Gorgie Farm Community Gardening Project
To sustain our long-running gardening project. We are seeking funding for the core costs, to include salaries for the project manager, supervisory staff, and running costs. We aim to provide gardening workshops and seasonal activities, such as harvest and tatty planting sessions.
April 2013 - March 2014
Gorgie City Farm
Our volunteers experience a wide range of health needs e.g. poor physical health due to lack of exercise and poor diet leading to overweight, they may have: learning disabilities (some requiring one-to-one support in order to participate), mental health conditions, and drug and alcohol abuse issues. As a result of their health needs, volunteers may be isolated, low in self-esteem and self-confidence, lacking in educational and work achievement and opportunities to make friends.
Working in the produce garden - digging, preparing and planting, provides opportunities for: regular outdoor activity (gardening for 10 mintues burns 53 calories (www.nhs.uk); learning about healthy foods; carrying out meaningful activities that build self-esteem and benefit the local communitiy; regular participation in group activity, creating structure for daily living; reducing physical isolation; building self-esteem and providing friendship.
To improve physical health through participation in regular physical activity.
Activities» Through engaging in 135 supervised and structured gardening sessions.
» Through growing fruit and vegetables volunteers will be assisted to learn about healthy foods and healthy eating.
Fifty to sixty volunteers sustain attendance at the group sessions and provide feedback to the effect that they feel better as a result of it.
To improve mental health through group physical activity in the outdoors.
Activities» Through providing regular mixed-ability group gardening sessions, working as a team.
» Through providing regular opportunities for achieving meaningful activity that benefits the community.
» Through providing regular opportunities to meet others and make friends.
Fifty to sixty volunteers demonstrate a sense of belonging and achievement in their lives through regular attendance and participation in the gardening and group activities.
Improved physical and mental health through outdoor group activity. We will record the number of referrals and note the agencies that support us, and the number of volunteers who attend the groups. We have informal discussion with the participants, asking them for their thoughts and feelings about attending the group. We get to know the volunteers and note changes in their mood, behaviour and socialization. We keep records of people who undertake education units and courses.
People's lives are often chaotic outside the project and this can affect their participation. We address this by pro-active support for volunteers to help them stay in the project. We also work actively with the agencies that refer volunteers. Risk assessments for gardening activities and the handling of tools and implements are carried out on an individual basis by the project leader.
We will provide a report at six monthly intervals on our website.
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