Mental Wellbeing Projects
GROW IT! COOK IT! SHARE IT!
Bath City Farm runs a sustainable horticultural volunteering project that involves people with experience of mental distress in growing food, learning how to cook with the produce in our kitchen and selling it in our farm shop. The project aims to encourage healthy lifestyles and eating habits through practical horticulture and gardening activities to create and develop a large plot of land within Bath City Farm. The site is used to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as providing a community area for socialising and relaxing.
How has volunteering improved people’s lives? Below is a short video of several of our volunteers who describe some of the benefits they’ve experienced from working at the farm. For a longer version please
see our main video ‘Bath City Farm: the story so far’
VOLUNTEERING SESSIONS RUN: Wednesday and Thursday mornings 10am-12am Thursday afternoons 1pm-3pm
For more information or to request an application form, contact Rebecca Ashton for Thursdays or Sara Chapple for Wednesdays on 01225 481269 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The project is thriving, with a wide variety of activities on offer and some fantastic volunteers who help keep it running smoothly. Our pride and joy is our new polytunnel which went up in the early spring, and volunteers have spent many happy hours sowing seeds and potting on seedlings. We have produced loads of healthy plants for the allotment and to sell on our plant stall. There are also tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, aubergines, peppers, a grapevine and even watermelons flourishing in the tunnel’s raised beds. As the produce starts to ripen, our kitchen is regularly filled with laughter and lovely aromas as volunteers prepare lunch for the group.
A few volunteers have taken responsibility for looking after the animals every Thursday and walking the pygmy goats on leads is a popular pastime. We have also set up a green woodworking area and volunteers have been getting training in using a variety of tools, pole lathes and shave horses.
The allotment is in good shape with lots of sweetcorn, beans, and potatoes growing healthily. Every Wednesday Shannon (a Farm Key Volunteer) brings a group of in-patients (on section leave) from Hillview Lodge, the RUH’ s psychiatric unit, to our allotment to get a break from life on the ward. Several service users have continued to attend after they have been discharged and this has really helped them to stay well.
MAKE AND BAKE:
sessions run on Thursdays 10am-2.30pm
Make and Bake volunteers work alongside their Grow it Cook it Share it colleagues, to prepare a delicious, healthy lunch for the group, using farm grown produce wherever possible. The group also concentrates on producing jams, preserves, soups and baked goods to sell to support the farm. Sessions are relaxed, informal and are a great opportunity to share skills and life-experiences and a supportive and understanding atmosphere. We are always keen to recruit volunteers from our immediate neighbourhoods of Southdown, Whiteway and Twerton to come and join us.
For more information or to request an application form, contact Sarah Neale on 01225 481269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org