Community garden is looking for growth

DIGGING IN .... project manager Chris Convery and other volunteers.
DIGGING IN .... project manager Chris Convery and other volunteers.
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EVERYTHING in the garden is rosy at a community project in Whiteleas.

Holder House Garden is a social enterprise which can be used as a place to relax or as a workplace.

We are creating employment and two of the people we have taken on were apprentices who we have trained up here.

Chris Convery, project manager

The community garden is open to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health issues, the elderly and local schools.

The service also provides healthy walks, food growing and wildlife training.

All activities in the garden are assessed to suit individuals’ needs and enable each person to get the right level of support.

Now, project manager Chris Convery has announced extension plans to widen the service’s reach.

This will include the building of two new classrooms to be used by young carers and children with autism.

More service users are now choosing to spend their individualised budgets to access services at Holder House.

This is helping to fund the expansion plans and has led to the employment of three new members of staff.

Mr Convery said: “We are creating employment and two of the people we have taken on were apprentices who we have trained up here.

“We have three classrooms at the moment, but one is being used as an office.

“The two new classrooms will help us to expand the service we offer.”