Swaffham Allotment project to support improved mental health …

A project aiming to improve local people s mental health and wellbeing has received a boost after being approved for a grant from Breckland Council.

The Escape Community Allotment project is to receive up to 6,458.13 from Breckland after its funding bid received the green light from the council s Cabinet earlier this month (July).

The allotment scheme is run by Family Action as part of its Swaffham WellFamily Service, which is based at Swaffham Community Centre.

The grant, alongside other funding bringing the total project fund to around 31k, will enable the group to provide eco-therapy and training sessions at the existing allotment.

This will support up to 40 people of all ages with mental health conditions and learning difficulties to improve their health and wellbeing.

The project will be led by professionals from Family Action and will see two eco-therapy sessions held per week during which participants will be encouraged to tend the allotment alongside fellow course participants.

In doing so, they will take part in outdoor activities which will improve their confidence and mental and physical health, while developing new skills and building social networks.

It is expected that this will enable people to make a smooth transition to a more independent life.

We re really pleased to have received this funding support from Breckland, said Clare Peak, who manages the Swaffham service on behalf of Family Action.

The WellFamily Service has already had a great deal of success in supporting local people at the allotment and this new therapy and training will provide additional opportunities to enhance mental health and wellbeing by making the most of recreational space within the community.

The allotment project is also about helping people to find out more about healthy eating, gardening and cookery, with the opportunity to work towards a National Open College Network (NOCN) Level 1 Award in Horticulture which could enhance their employability in the future.

Cllr Trevor Carter, Breckland Council s Executive Member for Place, added: This is a really exciting project which will give people of all ages an opportunity to improve their mental and physical health and I m pleased that Breckland has been able to support this new scheme.

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