Axminster Project launches allotment scheme

PUBLISHED: 09:59 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:09 10 June 2016

The Project's Lesley Brown at the  new allotment in North Street, Axminster.

The Project's Lesley Brown at the new allotment in North Street, Axminster.

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Charity offering support to young people with emotional and mental health issues to provide them with some outdoor therapy.

An Axminster-based charity, which offers support to young people with emotional and mental health issues, is set to provide them with some outdoor therapy.

The Project has taken on one of the North Street allotments, which will be tended by staff, volunteers and young people.

The new venture has been made possible by a small grant from the Devon Community Foundation, which has provided money for a shed, tools and resources.

Now The Project is looking to recruit volunteers to help out with the allotment and with its support sessions. It is keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in gardening and in working alongside young people.

An understanding or experience of mental health issues is also important, although training, support and supervision is offered to all volunteers as part of their involvement with The Project.

Lesley Brown, who has led this initiative to take on the allotment, said: “The benefits are well known of being outside in the fresh air, physical activity and working together to create something.

“Our young people have expressed an interest in having something they can get involved in, and work on – to learn new skills and gain confidence. We have big plans and ideas for the allotment, and hope that if we get enough volunteers and support from the community, we can make more and more use of the space to grow produce – but also to offer additional support and resources to our young people.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for The Project should visit the website at www.theprojectyp.org.uk or email info@theprojectyp.org.uk or call the organising team on 07970 167341.


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