Sweetpea Smallholdings

Our Community Development Worker, Sami, went to visit one of our Community Development Fund winners today, Sweetpea Smallholdings.

Sweetpea Smallholdings are a Community Interest Company in Exeter who focus on bringing volunteers together from different communities and backgrounds to complete nature projects that benefits the wider community.

At the end of last year we funded Sweetpea Smallholdings to run a weekly recovery group to grow fresh salad, fruit, vegetables and herbs, which they then donate for free to people in Exeter going through food hardship. Mike, who runs the group, told us that at the end of last year they had donated over a kilo of fresh fruit and veg to those in need.

The group is very laid back, you can do as much or as little gardening as you like. There’s a list of jobs to do and you can either pick a job for yourself, pick a job to do with someone else or simply sit in the sunshine (when it’s out!) and watch the garden be cared for. Mike has used the funding to build raised flower beds, make clear pathways and buy specialized tools that help the garden become more accessible to those with disabilities.

This group offers an opportunity for participants to connect with others, providing emotional support and building confidence. Being physically active and engaging with nature. There will also be the opportunity to learn new skills and help focus the mind on the tasks in hand, relieving stress and giving back to the community.

If this is something you’d be interested in then you please contact Mike via email at : Mike@sweetpeasmallholdings.co.uk

Mike is at the garden for this group every Monday 9am-12 for anyone that wants to get involved!

If you have an idea for a group that supports Mental Health Recovery then our Community Development Fund will be back up and running in a few months. We will announce opening to applications on our social media page, so keep an eye out!