Growing Well provides local people with mental health problems with an effective, supportive and inclusive farm-based community. We support people to improve their mental wellbeing by involving them in a range of activities within our organic growing business.
Our participants organically farm 6 acres of Low Sizergh Farm running a Crop Share scheme that supplies 80 local families with weekly seasonal veg. We are a City and Guilds centre and train our participants and local people in horticulture at levels one, two and three. We also run a successful programme of school workshops and farm visits that teach children about food growing and how to stay mentally and physically well. We work cooperatively, encouraging our participants to take on a range of responsibilities within the organisation, including membership of our board of directors.
The following link shows a three minute film which shows the impact for one our participants of their involvement in our activities.
Growing Well is CEVAS accredited for managing people on farms and is a City and Guilds centre for learning. We were named British Rural Enterprise of Year in 2011, won the North-West Award for Sustainable Food and Farming in 2008, were awarded Cumbrian Social Enterprise in 2008, 2009/2010 and were the North-West winner in the 2010 Social Vision Awards.
Our work in mental health recovery is supported by a grant from Ecominds, and our education and outreach work is supported by a grant from Local Food, both which administer funds from the Big Lottery.