A group of our carers are lovingly transforming a patch of old waste ground into a communal garden where they can grow their own vegetables as well as beautiful scented flowers.
The project began last year when we were deciding what to do with a small piece of wasteland in our grounds. We soon hit on the idea of a project for carers to turn the redundant patch of ground into a communal garden. The project will provide our carers with an opportunity to get some much-needed respite from the pressures of caring at home, and out into the fresh air where they can meet other carers and chat over a spot of gardening.
In just a few months, our Time Out Administrator, Ann Hardisty, has seen the huge health and wellbeing benefits for the budding gardeners as they escape from the pressures of home for a few precious hours to dig their vegetable patches, planting everything from peas, beans and tomatoes to leeks and carrots.
“It’s so pleasing to see how our carers have started to transform a neglected patch of scruffy old wasteland into something they can all share and enjoy. Many have no experience of gardening whatsoever, and it’s wonderful to see the benefits to their general wellbeing as well as the genuine pleasure they get from working on the garden, come rain or shine.”
Rachel, a mother caring for her 16-year-old daughter Sophie who has non-verbal autism, says.
“Being at the Beaverbrooks House garden is such a calming and relaxing atmosphere for myself and Sophie. We don’t have a garden at home, so coming here gives us that carefree environment that benefits us both in different ways. Sophie loves the garden, looking at the colours, smelling the flowers. There are so many sensory opportunities keeping her calm and it gives us a lovely bonding experience to share together. And I get to benefit from the garden as an escape from the worries and stress at home. It’s a fun, safe space to come and chill with no noise, people staring, or making judgements”.
National Charity Carers Trust, of which Blackpool Carers is a network partner, has featured the project on their website.
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We need your help?
We are currently in need of donations of paving slabs and some ‘muscle power’ to lay them and help with digging. Please contact Ann Hardisty on 01253 393748 if you are able to help.
Give to Grow Scheme
The Garden Place on Cropper Road in Blackpool have very kindly supported our Give to Grow Scheme.
Next time you visit, why not purchase an extra plant, bag of compost, packet of seeds or gardening tool and leave them on the special donation table by the till? The items will be donated to Blackpool Carers’ Give to Grow Scheme.
Your kind donation will enable our carers to grow flowers and vegetables as a way of enjoying some valuable ‘me time’ away from their caring roles.
If you would like to support our Gardening Project or want to know more about our Give to Grow Scheme please contact Ann Hardisty on 01253 393748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org