Growing Well has worked for over a decade supporting adults in mental health recovery, improving skills and reducing social isolation.
This work has seen demonstrable outcomes including:
- Increased confidence
- Increased communication skills (and confidence in communicating)
- Improved peer relationships
- Improved social skills (interaction with adults, initiating conversation)
- Implementing new skills around growing
Structure of sessions:
- A group of between 4 and 6 children works best, small enough to build good relationships across the group, but large enough to require good communication. This should be the same children across the project period.
- Long term impact is unknown. Our evaluation with adults show that a minimum 3 month engagement yields long term results. We would therefore suggest that activity is based across a full term, rather than half term period.
- The signs and symptoms of poor mental health which each child is presenting should be discussed with us prior to any engagement, and the composition of any group will be dependent on what the desired outcome is.
- Learning support staff should be consistent, and ideally interested in the learning environment, as they are expected to join in activities.
- Support for identified children, suggested 0.5 day per week over a term. Maximum 6 children.
- Support staff training, to facilitate ongoing delivery in school grounds.
- Transition Support, suggested group of maximum 6 children delivered over summer term Yr6 and (if necessary) Yr7 autumn term (with possible engagement over the summer holidays). 0.5 day per week with mixed groups from feeder primary schools.
- Level 1 Certificate in Horticultural Production for 14-16* year olds. This work based training provision effectively supports students either at risk of exclusion, or having issues with academic studies. This can be delivered to a minimum cohort of 6 students (maximum 8) over a 30 week (academic year) period.