Earlier this year, Care Plus Group Charitable Trust awarded £2,780 to Green Futures to maintain and purchase garden and kitchen equipment.
Green Futures current tools were beyond their useful life, not fit for purpose and use petroleum-based fuel. The team are incurring increasing costs of repairs maintaining existing equipment and will now use the funds to purchase new gardening equipment as it is lighter, quieter, easier to use than current petrol tools and kinder to the environment as they are battery powered.
These items will mean more people can use them, improving confidence in their abilities and meaning they can work more as a team to complete jobs. Prior to funding only a handful of volunteers were able to use the strimmer and mowers as they were too heavy.
The equipment will help to maintain paths and green areas so when they are visited by schools and families in the holidays, they have safe, ease of access to the pond and woodland areas for nature visits and outside activities.
Elsewhere, Green Futures had just completed a 6-month cooking programme and have an excellent relationship with a community mentor chef who would like to use the site kitchen and expand their current work regarding ‘growing, cooking and sharing’ in the community room. With this in mind, they needed to refresh their kitchen equipment and community room to bring it up to standard.
Green Futures is a registered charity based on a 3.5acre community garden in Bradley, Grimsby. The project works to support people from the community who are isolated or lonely through activities on site. People join our team as volunteers and collectively grow fruit and vegetables and help to maintain the site.
On average Green Futures support over 20 regular volunteers per week, and provide a range of activities including a walking group for older people, craft workshops and a weight management programme.
Green Futures work with so many people who find themselves isolated and socially excluded for a variety of reasons, many have mental health issues including anxiety and depression and find it difficult to engage in activities. The team support individuals to make them feel welcome and at ease, some are retired and want to keep active, others are seeking employment and want the work experience, a few have long-term health conditions or learning difficulties making it difficult for them to find work or engage socially.
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