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 Biggleswade Deanery

Diocese of St Albans

Diocese of St Albans

2015 Deanery Project

At the October 2014 Synod meeting, the members chose to support Groundworks, a charity which supports Youth Clubs and wider community projects.  The money from the Deanery Project will be used to set up a gardening team in the Deanery



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Each Green Aiders project works at a specific site, usually a sheltered housing unit or community centre, improving the outdoor space around the building for the enjoyment of residents or local people. Groundwork works in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council’s Learning Disability to raise funding to run Green Aiders.

Green Aiders provides a therapeutic benefit to the volunteers, improving: mobility; motivation; exercise; time spent outdoors; socialisation; team building; physical and mental health. It also provides excellent opportunities for the volunteers to integrate with their local community. Progress against these outputs is measured through health questionnaires at the start and end of the project, and through the use of pedometers, which each volunteer wears.

The project also addresses possible routes of progression towards future employment or work experience that could be accessed by the skills learnt (for those participants for which this is an aspiration), working closely with employment support workers from the Council’s Learning Disability Team.


Biggleswade Deanery is supporting Green Aiders

You can find out more about Groundwork by

visiting its website

or on Twitter @gwklutonandbeds


 

Testimonials:-

Both Matt and Andrew have talked about the work that they did at Green Aiders. Andrew said he felt good to be in the fresh air. Matt said “the old people liked us, and we all worked hard, and it was nice to help people”.”

“Green Aiders is a remarkable project. It gives adults with special needs the opportunity to learn some-thing new or enhance their skills around garden maintenance. It gives individuals the opportunity to meet new people, to learn how to socialise appropriately and effectively with different ages and abilities.”

The work done in the garden has made a fantastic improvement - everyone has commented; families, friends etc.. Also, tenants with poor mobility that are unable to sit in the garden have said what a pleasure it is looking out of their windows at the lovely view.“