The purpose of this project is to promote an understanding of the links between growing and eating healthy local food. The existing allotment project is used as a resource for involving the community in growing fresh produce and learning about food production.
The overall plot size is 3,000 square metres (three quarters of an acre.)
Training is provided to families and young people to help them understand how to use freshly grown food economically and effectively in a series of ‘Cook and Eat’ sessions to improve the health, diet and lifestyles of participants.
Another purpose of ‘Growing for Us’ is to provide nutritious affordable meals in the museum café and in the proposed new community café at the Courtyard Community Centre. This improves accessibility to fresh local food and also provides a social focus to food enjoyment.
Using the ‘Roots 2 Shoots’ (ITV People’s Millions) allotments project has improved long term sustainability and encouraged some to start their own allotments and be able to grow their own food. This has had a positive environmental impact as food miles are reduced and waste composted.
The project helps communities manage allotment plots sustainably for local food production.
Currently the Sobriety works with 10 men from HMP Moorlands Open 5 days per week throughout the year offering work experience and volunteering opportunities. Many of the men were in the process of qualifying for a trade prior to going to prison or undertaking training courses and have been unable complete these prior to release. Others have no relevant skills to help them gain employment and it is these areas that we address.
The Training Manager/Prison Work Co-ordinator works with each participant from the prison and tailor his work experience and training programme with an aim of significantly improving employment chances on release. This is in line with sentence planning targets and the prison signposts men who are likely to benefit most from this support.
The Sobriety Project is a good delivery mechanism in helping offenders gain real life skills in a setting with a broad range of working areas which cover vessel and site maintenance, welding, electrical work, plumbing projects, horticulture on the community allotments, boat handling and navigation, catering, painting and decorating and joinery. Because of the breadth of our work, there is a likelihood that each participant finds a niche to stimulate and interest them which links directly with future employability levels. The project has a longstanding proven track record of working with the hierarchy of the prison staff and regulations whilst also establishing robust and positive relationships with the men in prison.
As part of the three year Big Lottery Reaching Communities grant, we are able to provide twice weekly therapeutic art and craft sessions to adults with learning or physical disabilities.
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