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
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
“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-
“The work done in the garden has made a fantastic improvement -
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