From 26th April 2021, referrals will be reopened for all groups – including in person and online placements.  We are working with a backlog, due to long periods of lockdown, so please bear with us. 

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.

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

Find out more about making a referral.