**Please note that due to the Covid 19 pandemic, we are not currently accepting new referrals for in-person, on-site placements.   We are running online Art & Craft, Nature and Horticulture and African & Caribbean groups.  Find out more about our online groups here.**


The only core project based at the De Frene market garden site. The project runs weekly social, therapeutic and vocational horticultural sessions, along with offering the chance to achieve Open College Network accreditation.

Growing Lives enables co-workers suffering from mental distress to:

  • Improve their mental, physical health, and general wellbeing,
  • Learn new horticultural and transferable skills, to gain qualifications, and to improve their employability, self-confidence, and self-esteem,
  • Learn food growing and experience healthy eating and improved diet, and
  • Increase their social inclusion in the communities they live in.

Growing Lives also manages the De Frene site in an environmentally friendly way which enhances wildlife and biodiversity, as well as improving the general amenity of the neighbourhood.

Growing Lives is led by the Project Coordinator and supported by the Project Assistant and Support Volunteers. There are also drop-in volunteer sessions run every Wednesday and every 3rd Saturday.

The majority of the funding for the project comes from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.

Click below if you wish to make a referral

Adult Mental Health Referral form.