Residents in Throup Place, Nelson have benefitted from a £300 Newground Together grant towards their summer gardening project – ‘Planting for Wellbeing.’
Anne Rhodes Butler, a member of Throup Place Residents group wanted to do something wonderful to improve the health and wellbeing of people in her immediate area.
“After a grant was made available to our residents’ association, we have as a group been able to create a lovely garden bed. With 50% hard work and 50% fun and laughter, the project has brought neighbours together and given us pride in our surroundings. It will be an ongoing labour of love, with bulbs and seeds to plant in autumn and a burst of colour in spring to look forward to.”
Newground Together offers a range of community programmes, such as gardening projects which improve the environment, increase social interactions, and support volunteering opportunities locally. Community grants like ‘Planting for Wellbeing’ provide extra support for more vulnerable groups.
When Covid-19 hit local community groups, such as Throup Place resident’s association, felt the knock-on effects of the pandemic the most. Some of the residents from Throup Place face mobility issues, so sometimes can’t leave their homes, a combination of this and Covid could have had a detrimental effect on their health and wellbeing.
The project took place in early August 2021; some of the funding secured went towards employing someone to dig the bedding area over a 2-day period. Volunteers then planted the soiled area and on an ongoing basis will maintain the space.
Belle Paterson, Community Development Officer for Newground said: “The Together Housing Group scheme accommodates 10 adapted bungalows. With seven of the residents facing mobility issues; creating opportunities for social cohesion in times of covid is more important than ever.
The planting project has improved the aesthetics of the area as well as how residents feel about their neighbourhood. Regular outdoor volunteering to maintain the space will encourage more covid safe social meets ups, whilst keeping everyone active.”
The Community Grants programme is open for applications throughout the year, it welcomes ideas to improve the environment or the health and wellbeing of local communities.
If you are a Together Housing tenant, resident or small grass roots community project working with volunteers you can find out more about the themes available and eligibility by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Newground Together is part of Together Housing Group.