Transforming lives through creative outdoor activities

A local charity which uses outdoor therapy to improve health and wellbeing is going from strength to strength with the help of a Kirklees Community Partnerships grant. Growing Works web small

Growing Works, which is based in Shepley in Huddersfield, supports the mental and physical health and wellbeing of families in Kirklees by giving them the opportunity to socialise and try out activities such as growing, outdoor cooking and eating, woodwork, bush crafts, sports, games and arts and crafts.

Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group said “The CCG is delighted that a Community Partnerships grant has been given to Growing Works. The grant is helping the group to develop more activities for local people to get out in the fresh air and get to know people in their own communities which we know is really beneficial for people’s health and wellbeing”.

The group uses outdoor therapy to promote good health in communities by providing inclusive and creative opportunities for physical activity as well as supporting mental wellbeing though providing outdoor therapeutic activity for:

  • families with complex needs
  • carers alongside the people they care for
  • people with mental health issues 

Growing Works provides opportunities for volunteers to be involved, also provides education on the natural environment and the seasons through gardening and outdoor activities, particularly focusing on engaging young people and children.

Rachel Burnett, project manager for Growing Works said “We have used the grant from Community Partnerships to help us find ways to secure longer term funding to expand and develop our project.  We are currently looking for businesses to make a massive difference to families who have children with additional needs by providing sponsorship for our work”.

Community Partnerships comprises funding from NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and Kirklees Council.

Kath Greaves, Governing Body member of NHS North Kirklees CCG and practice nurse said “We’ve been delighted in the responses to the call for ideas for the Kirklees Community Partnerships grant, which demonstrates the passion and expertise that voluntary and community organisations can bring to improving health and wellbeing across Kirklees.”

Kim Walton, mum to Nathan aged 6 and Grace aged 8 said “Both of my kids love coming to the activities and as a parent I get a great deal out of it as well.  My son Nathan has additional needs and finds it difficult to socialise but here he is accepted and encouraged and he really enjoys it.  It also means my daughter gets some time to enjoy being creative and gardening and I get lots of support from other parents in a place where I don’t feel we are being judged.  I would encourage other parents and children with additional needs to come along, everyone is welcome and there are lots of activities for all ages.”

Cllr Jean Calvert, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for community development said: “The partnership provides funding and development support to organisations which help local people who have health and social care needs. Particularly those that focus on making sure that people can live life to the full by getting out and about in their community, and feeling supported close to home.

The majority of the funding goes to organisations that support people in a preventative way, people who are still quite active, but who just need a little help to remain independent”.

Organisations can apply for between £50 and £50,000 per year for up to three years.

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Notes to editor 

  1. For more information about Community Partnerships visit www.kirklees.gov.uk/community/money or call 01484 225142 or email community.partnerships@kirklees.gov.uk 
  1. For more information about Growing Works contact Rachel Burnett on 01484 606506 or rachel@growingworks.org.uk or visit their website at www.growingworks.org.uk .

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