£50,000 boost for disability gardening project in Lancashire

AFG Willow garden project

Stephen Swarbrick, a regular visitor to Willow Garden

A gardening project in Lancashire to support people with physical and mental health problems has been awarded almost £50,000 after television viewers voted for it to receive the cash from the People’s Millions.

The Willow Garden Project at Fleetwood Cricket Club is supported by Alternative Futures Group (AFG), a charity which helps people in Fylde and Wyre.

Pam Hayes, AFG area manager, for Fylde and Wyre said:

“We encouraged our staff, the people we support, their families and friends to support this project. It is already making a real difference to adults with learning disabilities or mental health issues.

“The gardening sessions mean they can enjoy healthy outdoor activities in a community garden including a sensory area to experience a range of pleasant smells, sounds, textures and relaxation.

“Activities are tailored to match a person’s skill level giving them a sense of ownership and independence.”

Stephen Swarbrick, supported by AFG, is a regular visitor to the garden and said:

“I really enjoy going to Willow Garden and I have made many new friends there.  I feel confident enough to go on my own and meet up with others who also enjoy working on the allotment.”

Jain Campbell, AFG team leader in Fylde and Wyre said:

“The project has been fantastic for Stephen and many other people who we support.

“It’s fantastic to see the success of this project and we’re pleased to have played our part by backing it.”

More information about the project can be found by visiting www.willowgardenproject.org.uk or for more information about AFG visit www.alternativefuturesgroup.org.uk

About AFG

Alternative Futures Group Limited (AFG) is a leading provider of high quality services to adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs in the North West of England. Find out more at www.alternativefuturesgroup.org.uk

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