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Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’, in conjunction with Groundwork, donates the money raised from the 5p bag charges to local community projects. With thanks to all those people who voted for us, Wild Elements received funding to deliver our project.

Our Project: Wild Elements felt our garden at our office in Rivendell could be better utilised by the organisation, though it needed a thorough significant work doing before we could do so. We found there was a growing community of over 50’s feeling lonely and missing a sense of community, therefore we believed they would benefit from using our garden as a location for socilaising, getting close to nature and improving well-being. Plans include:

  • Purchasing a shed to keep all equipment in, so people won’t need to worry about bringing tools themselves
  • Multiple beds to grow vegetables and flowers, including wheelchair accessible beds and a wheelchair ramp
  • Setting up a group for adults age 50+ possessing mixed abilities
  • Working with unemployed adults and adults on long-term illness

Once complete, the group can utilise the garden and, hopefully, build their confidence, group skills and friendships, self-esteem, and work experience, encouraging them to enter into employment. We’re so excited to have the opportunity to help our local communities, even better with the support of our local communities.

Longer-term plans and future project sustainability: We intend to build partnerships with organisations that work with adults and young people, offering them use of the space to help combat loneliness, build self-confidence, develop higher self-esteem.  We also intend to deliver accredited qualifications at the site in conservation, ecology, horticulture and environment.

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