created by Martyn French published on 14 March 2016

The Promoting Change, Transforming Lives Project is based at Waverley Terrace Allotments.  The project aims to provide support to all people but particularly those with mental health issues or learning difficulties.  The project will provide the following:

Therapeutic support - for people with mental health issues or learning difficulties to help to reduce their isolation, provide and interest and improve the users wellbeing.  This part of the project is offered as part of an individual's day service package via Child and Adult Services.

Employment and Training services - work experience, placements and training will be offered to help people to develop skills to assist them into work.  The project will offer volunteering opportunities in a range of sectors, not just horticulture.  Training and support will be provided which will build the confidence and equip people with the skills for employment.  When people are job-ready they will be supported into work or work placements.

Commercial - the overall aim of the project is to become self-sustainable within five years.  We will actively seek additional funding and will retail all the prodce grown on the site.  The project aims to become a charity by 2018.

Big Lottery - We have received a significant amount of funding from Big Lottery to expand the services provided and help more people.  We are currently having disable toilet facilities, additional car parking and a classroom with office space erected.  This woek started on 1st February 2016 and will be completed by the end of March 2016.

Volunteering Opportunities - The project wants to promote suitable volunteering opportunities and to support volunteers. We have a Volunteer Co-ordinator who will help find employment and placements for people who have volunteered with the project.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Martyn French on 07790 806506, we will be recruiting volunteers from April 2016.

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