The weather continues to brighten, which means that a number of homelessness schemes up and down the country are planning their next set of activities around their gardens.
Lucas Court in Romford is a project lucky enough to have a beautiful communal garden maintained by both the scheme’s residents and an external gardening contractor. After a residents’ meeting, it was agreed that a gazebo would be the perfect addition to help them make the most of the outdoor space.
Last year, the gazebo was host to fundraising tea parties, culture and diversity events, and BBQs over the summer months. Tenant meetings have even happened out there, with the fresh air stimulating some lively ideas!
The scheme also works with a Gardening Project Assistant who helps the residents to maintain the grounds and come up with creative outdoor activities.
The gazebo adds a therapeutic aspect to the grounds, both when in use and simply to look out at. Support staff commented that it has greatly enhanced residents’ moods and provides a much-needed tranquil space. One support worker added that many visitors remark on the striking structure.
Lucas Court provides 12 bedsit flats for people with mental health issues. The scheme supports residents so that they develop the everyday life skills and confidence to live independently.
Gardening has been shown to have a very beneficial effect on people’s mental health, and several schemes have commented that their outside areas are important sanctuaries for their residents.
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