New Grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund
We are excited to introduce our new 'Growing Fresh Ideas' Project. With generous support from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund we will fund workshops on food growing and farming for people with disabilities starting this September.
“We are delighted to have won this grant” said Sarah Rideout who runs Common Cause’s community allotment. “Getting out in the fresh air, sharing planning, planting and harvesting can be such a powerful way to improve people’s health with the added bonus of taking home fresh fruit and vegetables”.
Owena Lewis, qualified therapist and farmer will lead supported activities on her farm in Hamsey, Lewes. “This money will make an important contribution to helping people who have experienced extreme trauma in their lives build confidence and be better able to cope with daily challenges” says Owena.
The Growing Fresh Ideas Project will also work with students of Plumpton College who have learning disabilities, helping them towards getting jobs. “The young people will harvest and sell fruit grown at Ringmer Community Orchard, helping them to gain valuable work experience” said Sarah Rideout “we will also be raising local employers awareness of the need for young people with learning disabilities to gain employment”.
A new Project Manager post has been created to co-ordinate this, and will be in place September 2015.