We Love MCR have awarded a grant to Better Things’ Community Garden Project, from our Stronger Communities Fund. The project aims to deliver a community environment for local people via a project run by people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues.

Better Things is an independent charity who works with people with learning disabilities. They facilitate projects and opportunities for people to take part in and contribute to their local communities while learning and sharing valuable life and social skills. All of their projects and activities take part in community environments, and they also run social inclusion projects, which engage with harder to reach people with learning disabilities.

Some of Better Things’ service users!

After a pilot project which engaged with a number of local groups and people, Better Things aims to use the grant to expand the project to be a regular thing which will focus on facilitating people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to develop and maintain a wildflower area and grow produce, while empowering them to learn and develop their skills. The project will also develop volunteering opportunities where other members of the community can share their skills and take pride in the area they work in. The garden will also provide a wider community benefit by being a space to hold events and activities promoting health and wellbeing while also getting outside.

The main activities will be the planning and maintenance of the garden and rotation of produce and plants while learning new skills and developing existing ones, along with event planning for activities to take place in the garden, wildlife identification, and exploring recipes and meals using vegetables grown to promote healthy eating. The project will reduce social isolation, encourage greater community integration and promote the positive use of a community area.

The funding of £2,000 will go towards a project leader’s sessional costs, garden materials, volunteer costs and training. 

We LOVE Better Things, and the work they do across Manchester with their members and the wider community! Find out more about them on their website https://wearebetterthings.wixsite.com/better-things and about their events on their Twitter: @BetterThings14 

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