Flourish is a new Common Cause project which was set up in September 2015 with funding from the National Lottery 'Reaching Communities' fund. The aim of the project is to increase the wellbeing of local people with disabilities and mental health challenges. participants in our projects work with others outdoors in the fresh air and learn practial skills at the same time.
We currently run sessions at three different places in and around Lewes:
Our Community Allotment (Lewes Organic Allotment Project or LOAP) is on the edge of the Nevill estate by Landport Bottom on the Downs. Sarah Rideout runs two groups here on a Wednesday - a morning drop-in and an afternoon session with people from the St. Nicholas Day Centre, who are seeking to develop work skills.
Our second location is a small farm in the village of Offham called Baulcombes Barn, run by farmer and therapist Owena Lewis. A group from Bluebell House Recovery Centre in Burgess Hill come to sessions once a week to work with sheep, hens, ponies and pigs.
Our third is the Community Orchard in Ringmer, where our Flourish project manager Emma Chaplin, together with Peter May and others, organises three-day workshops each autumn. These sessions for a group of supported interns from Plumpton College are about learning skills and knowledge to work in the world of fruit-picking, apple juice making and selling your produce.
Contact project manager Emma Chaplin:
Tel: 07752 384852