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About Greenfingers

A bit of history

The Greenfingers project was born back in 2000 when a mental health worker at Pitsmoor Surgery recognised a gap in her clients’ lives and felt this gap might be filled by healthy outdoor activity improving both mental and physical well-being.

We started as a Monday afternoon gardening group, working on one raised bed in the back garden of a nearby NHS property.  Now in 2010 Greenfingers spans five beautiful allotments at the City Council Grimesthorpe site and we support around 40 vulnerable people per week.

Women's group members with turnips!

Greenfingers now

Research by national mental health charity Mind shows that one in four of us will experience mental health problems at some stage in our lives. Our project addresses the need for a friendly and accessible local group, which promotes positive mental health and which welcomes people of all ages, races and cultures.

Our members benefit from getting out of the house and getting some exercise in the fresh air, by meeting other people with similar experiences and making new friends and by losing themselves in activities which help them forget their problems. Plus they get to eat healthy organic vegetables as well!

Thumbs up for summer!

Is it for you?

Here are some of the reasons people come to our project:

  • feeling low and isolated
  • feeling anxious, nervous or having panic attacks
  • people whose caring responsibilities, family commitments or work stresses are getting them down
  • those recovering from post traumatic stress disorder
  • survivors of abuse
  • those with long-term mental health problems such as bipolar disorder.

What can you get out of it?

SAGE Greenfingers is about more than just gardening. The project offers:

  • Improvement in mental health
  • The time and space to unwind
  • The opportunity to make new friends
  • Helpful, understanding staff and volunteers
  • A chance to learn new skills and increase your gardening knowledge
  • A chance to discover your hidden talents
  • Involvement in creating new gardens
  • A chance to do some healthy exercise
  • Healthy home-grown food, with the opportunity to help cook and learn new recipes
  • Visits to other gardens and garden centres
  • Year round projects, such as art and photography courses
  • Transport if you need it

Display of flowers at the allotment

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