Inspiring, therapeutic environments in city farms and community gardens.

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Growing the community, together
11 Dec 2019

ECO Wrap Project

The Eco WRAP Project offers the following

Weekly Pop In – for people wanting to step into a safe space, have a cuppa with a dose of listening and to find out about Wellness Recovery Action Planning and other projects.  If the weather is good, we will be on Hillside garden but if you would prefer to meet in our office please pop in. Thursdays 1.30 – 2.30 pm

Eco Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) programme 11 am ‘til 1 pm Thursdays commencing 14th November 2019. Each program runs for 4 weeks

WRAP is a structured recovery programme that is used to promote, enable and sustain recovery.  As part of your WRAP you can develop your own wellness toolbox with an emphasis on what can be discovered in nature.  As part of your wellness action plan you will experience new tools such as;

  • Meditation – including mindfulness
  • Stress management techniques
  • Manage your thinking patterns
  • Using medicinal plants safely to support your wellbeing

Train the Trainer Option – we will also be offering a Train the Trainer option for those who would like to support others using WRAP.

To find out more about this project and book in please email trudy@greensynergy.org.uk or Lizzie@greensynergy.org.uk drop into a pop in session or phone us on 01522 533077 where you can speak to someone or leave a message for us.

Who can Come along? Anyone who would like to create or build on personal resource to enable recovery and wellness.  Anyone wanting to develop their own unique Wellness Recovery Action Plan. Anyone that would like to spend time in a supportive environment.

Anyone that would like to be more mindful of nature and wellness.

11 Dec 2019

Get into Gardening and Landscaping

Are you currently out of work and looking for an opportunity to gain skills and qualifications around gardening and landscaping? You may be interested in joining our Move or Steps Forward project.

The MOVE project is led by Lincolnshire Voluntary Centre Services and is funded by the European Social Fund bringing together 24 partners to engage with participants who are not in education, work or training and are experiencing barriers to employment. These may include physical or mental health issues, financial problems, addiction, homelessness, family problems, social isolation or a combination of these

MOVE and Steps Forward are two projects that we deliver as part of a Lincolnshire-wide consortium programme, funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery. 

BBO Move runs 3 times a week from our community garden and gives participants the opportunity to gain practical gardening skills, knowledge and experience, in a caring, inclusive setting with wrap around 1-1 mentoring and advocacy support.   As part of this project you will be offered the opportunity to gain a qualification in Brushcutting and Strimming as well as building on other skills you have.

The Steps Forward Project is like MOVE but supports people who are economically inactive and are less ready or able to work. Therefore, our engagement with Steps Forward beneficiaries’ is more bespoke than MOVE. We offer individual, tailor-made, supported, volunteering opportunities designed around people’s interests and needs. Outside of the garden sessions, this could include, for example, developing someone’s administration skills, whilst simultaneously supporting them to overcome their anxiety. The outcomes for this project are broader than MOVE, to reflect people’s wider needs; they also include supporting people into actively searching for jobs. The expectation is that participants on this project will be with us longer.

 The sessions for BBO MOVE & Steps Forward run every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday between 9:30am & 1pm and are held at Hillside Community Garden.

How to join this Project

People may refer themselves or be referred onto MOVE or Step Forwards by another service. To access the project, you must be unemployed and over 17 and need to evidence they are not working. If you would like to find out more please email  Lizzie@GreenSynergy.org.uk or call 01522 533077.

 

11 Dec 2019

Tower Power – Kid’s Club

Our Tower Power project is run thanks to a grant from Children in Need. This started in September 2018 and will run until August 2021.  The Tower Power project evolved from local residents’ ideas to tackle issues on the estate including boredom and anti-social behaviour, loneliness and isolation and to generally bring people together to enhance neighbourly relations, community spirit and improve the local environment.  We previously had a grant from the People’s Health Trust, with funds through the Health Lottery https://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk/ to kick start a range of activities with the whole community. You can see a video of People’s Health Trust funded project here https://www.healthlottery.co.uk/good-causes/lincoln-locals-leave-their-troubles-at-the-garden-gate/

With the current funding from Children in Need, w run regular sessions that help support the children and young people in our community. Activities include a homework club on Monday 4-6pm which helps children get their homework done in a supportive and quiet environment; aKids Club on Wednesday 4-6pm where we run a range of activities for children both inside and outside in the garden (weather permitting), and a Teenzone club on Fridays 4-6pm for our older children.

Throughout  holidays we ran fun and educational sessions such as Forest Schools, community art workshops, fun days, BBQ’s, picnics and trips

The Project is open to children families who live on the Tower Estate. For more information on how to get involved contact Lizzie: lizzie@greensynergy.org.uk you can see our project in action in this video https://www.facebook.com/GreenSynergyLincoln2012/videos/1921600254810078/

Testimonials

“I love getting muddy at gardening kids club & playing the games at kids multisport”

“I am a 12 year old carer but at Green Synergy I’m just a normal 12 year old who loves to do gardening, playing games and having fun. Green Synergy was the only thing that made me happy and free to be normal”

11 Dec 2019

Lincoln Food Partnership

The Lincoln Food Partnership (LFP)is a network of public, private and voluntary sector organisations and members of the public who are working collaboratively together to improve the sustainability of food and the food system within Lincoln.  The LFP’s vision is for Lincoln to have a thriving, ethical local food culture, where everyone has access to fresh, healthy, affordable food that is produced and consumed in an ethical, sustainable way. In turn, our local action contributes to tackling the global issues of climate change and food security.

Throughout 2018-19, Green Synergy continued to work together with Professor Nigel Curry, (Chair of the Lincoln Food Partnership and author of the Lincoln Food Strategy) to support the growth and development of the LFP. We successfully sought funding to employ a coordinator- Rebecca Callow. Green Synergy hosted Rebecca’s post at our office on behalf of the partnership. Throughout the year we also worked with Nigel and Rebecca to: develop the governance and structure of the LFP Board, (which now has ten members from the public, private and voluntary sectors); create a food pledge for Lincoln; initiate an application to the Sustainable Food Cities Partnership and host an annual networking event.

Green Synergy’s role in developing the LFP Board has now come to an end. We are still a member of the Network and support the aims of the LFP through our growing activities. For further updates and information on the LFP visit www.lincolnfoodpartnership.org

11 Dec 2019

Better Together Project

Therapeutic Horticulture – Better Together Project 

Better Together (B2G) which started in January 2019 is a three-year partnership project with two other local charities- Abbey Access and Development Plus. It is funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and offers pre-employability opportunities to build skills, confidence and connections for people with mental health conditions.

The project offers continuous support, through skilled mentoring, for the duration of the project and for a period of onward transition at the end. Using a person-centred approach, we work flexibly with beneficiaries to meet their identified needs and goals. This involves recognising and dealing with a wide range of complex issues that can affect people and then using a holistic approach that can enable them to move on and be better able to sustain social, physical and emotional wellbeing.

If you would like to get involved, or know someone who does…

The Green Synergy element of B2G involves therapeutic and community gardening delivered in small to medium-sized groups on the Hillside Garden. The sessions run every Tuesday. Wednesday & Thursday between 1pm & 3pm. With the help of the garden, we create an environment where people feel safe and can grow in a creative and enabled way. From the outset we have taken a co-design approach to B2G so we are building on the skills and creativity of beneficiaries which gives authentic ownership in project delivery, lets peer support naturally grow and allows people to make choices in how they go forwards – a great fertilizer for confidence. For more information contact Trudy on trudy@greensynergy.org.uk or Lindsay on lindsay@greensynergy.org.uk

17 Jul 2017
Get Into Gardening

Get Into Gardening

Learning Skills & Gaining Confidence

This project is one 24 projects running as part of the Greater Lincolnshire MOVE Programme.

Get into Gardening uses gardening to help people who are unemployed or economically inactive learn skills and gain confidence to enable them to go on find training or employment opportunities. The Get into Gardening Group meets every Monday and Wednesday – to find out more contact project leader Ian Birch.

15 Jun 2016
Global Garden

The Global Garden

The Global Garden is a community based gardening project within Lincoln’s Sincil Bank neighbourhood. This area of the city is very culturally diverse with over 23 languages being spoken in the local primary schools.

The Global Garden Project, which is funded by the People’s Health Trust by money raised through the Health lottery, celebrates cultural diversity by bringing local residents together to grow an international assortment of fruit, vegetables and flowers. It also helps residents make positive differences to their local environment and strengthen their local community. There are a number of weekly sessions led around the neighbourhood including:

A Community Allotment Gardening Group – Tuesdays 10.30am to 1pm and some Saturdays at Plot 1A, Sincil Bank Allotments.

Sincil Bank Community Allotment – A Community led Gardening Group open to residents from the Sincil Bank Area of Lincoln. The group meets every Tuesday from 10.30am to 1pm and some Saturdays at Plot 1A, Sincil Bank Allotments. For further information contact Lizzie.

A Family ‘after school’ gardening Club – Thursdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm at The Central Children’s Centre, St Andrews Close

‘Pop Up’ street gardening sessions at various locations around the neighbourhood.

Other events and activities include an annual ‘Global Harvest Festival Event’, “sociable Saturday meet up and Eat up” BBQ sessions and recipe swapping. All sessions are free and open to all residents of Sincil Bank. For more information, contact Lizzie.

This project was set up with funding from the People’s Health Trust.

Children’s activities- anyone for Rhubarb pie?
Children’s activities- anyone for Rhubarb pie?
15 Jun 2016
Dementia Friendly Gardening

Dementia Friendly Gardening

In November 2014 Green Synergy was contracted by Lincolnshire County Council – Directorate of Public Health, to develop and deliver a dementia friendly gardening resource pack and training course for dementia care staff.

Two initial courses were held in Horncastle and Lincoln and were attended by 30 employees from dementia care homes around Lincoln. The course and resource pack aimed to enhance people’s knowledge, skills and confidence in dementia friendly gardening so that they could engage their residents in adapted, therapeutic gardening activities and create safe garden spaces at their care homes.

15 Jun 2016
Public Health

Public Health Projects

During 2014-2015 Green Synergy was contracted to deliver a range of micro projects by the Directorate of Public Health, Lincolnshire County Council, under their ‘Cooking and Growing Programme’.

The programme aimed to provide the knowledge and skills people need to make healthy food choices, but most of all to discover how enjoyable eating healthily and growing your own can be.  As part of the programme we delivered a range of social and therapeutic gardening sessions to Busy Days, Day Care for adults with special needs; YMCA; Ellie’s community garden group and residents of St Giles and Ermine.

The programme also funded the Lincoln Growing Groups Forum- a networking group for local organisations to find out more about community and therapeutic gardening. The workshops were a great success and were attended by an average of 15 people per session, representing a total of 11 different groups and organisations.

YMCA Garden Group
YMCA Garden Group
15 Jun 2016
Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones Garden Project

In January 2015, Green Synergy was awarded a grant from the European Social Fund, co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency and administered by Futures. The grant enabled us to deliver a new initiative in partnership with Developmentplus.

The ‘Stepping Stones Garden Project’ which finished June 2015, worked with twenty beneficiaries who were all unemployed and many of whom suffer with mental and physical health conditions, social exclusion, discrimination, learning difficulties and low self-esteem. The Project, led by Paul Ievins, and delivered at Developmentplus provided weekly gardening sessions to help break down barriers to work and learning through an informal approach to volunteering and vocational (horticultural) training. By providing a friendly, supportive and accepting environment the project also helped participants gain confidence, make friends and learn transferrable skills for work and life.

Stepping Stones