Headway Leicester can finally announce that they are one of 12 local organisations which have received funding from the Everards Community Excellence Fund – supported by Carling Made Local. Everards and Carling have awarded a total of £3,445 for upgrades to the garden at Headway House.
Ruth Johnson, Marketing and Engagement Executive at Headway says:
“The positive benefits of gardening and horticulture have been recognised nationally for many years, we know that being outdoors develops a sense of connection and can aid rehabilitation for the brain injury survivors we support. Having an outdoor space will provide another way we can improve life after brain injury for the members we support. We want our Headway garden to be a welcoming space where our members can access more opportunities to be active, develop new interests and meet others”
At present the garden is looking very tired, since we first shut our doors in March 2020 due to the pandemic. With all our efforts focussed on launching our digital support, the garden has been neglected but we are now keen to start planting and growing our own produce again!
Headway Leicester’s grant has been awarded specifically to support our new ‘Bloom After Brain Injury’ project’. We can now get the garden to a standard we can utilise as we know how important being outdoors contributes to better physical and mental health through a sense of purpose and achievement.
Many of our members have expressed an interest in coming down to help re-vamp the garden, so we will be offering specific slots where members can attend with or without their carers and be supported by member of our team and garden volunteers.
The impact of the project goes beyond our members, it allows their carers much needed respite. With our in-house day service now re-open , albeit at a reduced capacity, some carers have had no respite for over a year.
£3445 will be spent on various items including a wheelchair accessible raised bed, a new greenhouse, wheelchair accessible picnic tables, disability gardening aids and lots more!
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