Want to learn how to cook and grow healthy food? Improve your fitness and stamina? Lose weight? Get out and meet new people?
Come and join Growing Health - the project that helps adults with learning disabilities to support each other towards leading more active healthy lifestyles.
Outcomes so far include five participants having lost a total of 57lbs and one person taken off medication for diabetes. Participants have reported buying different foods, including kale, to cook at home, and trying and enjoying new foods such as couscous and aubergine. Participants are also changing their eating habits between sessions ie snacking on celery and hummus rather than biscuits, and buying more fruit and veg. We're so proud of our new healthier Growing Health members! Well done everyone.
If you would like to talk to us about referring yourself or someone in your care please contact our Project Manager Liz McElroy.
As well as Growing Health we also run a social therapeutic horticulture project for adults with learning disabilities called Growing Ability. Find out more here.
The Growing Health Lunch Club is a new addition to the project, set up in spring 2016 with funding from CDA Herts Innovation Fund. Find out more in this article by Project Manager Liz McElroy documenting how the project came about and how it's been progressing.
Have a look at a these short films showing what Growing Health have been up to recently:
Volunteers at our Ability projects are an invaluable source of support. Their commitment and enthusiasm enables our gardeners to do so much more. Volunteering offers the opportunity to make a real difference, to develop new skills, build on existing experience and knowledge, and to reap the social benefits of meeting new people, making friends and getting to involved in the local community.
If you would like to help support our Ability projects on a regular basis, you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is to make sure that the vulnerable people we work with are in safe hands. We will guide you through the form and pay for the process.
To find out more about volunteering at Growing Health please contact us.