Gardening for mental health and disabilities

Join our Dig-It Crew

Our groundbreaking, award-winning work with the Dig-It Crew

Our work with people with mental health and physical disabilities, who come from all backgrounds, has been recognised as groundbreaking. Our scheme has won multiple awards and changed the way that these services are delivered. In fact, the results have been so amazing and pioneering, that we were the first organisation in the whole country to have their gardening sessions offered by doctors on prescription.

Our approach was simple. Instead of thinking we knew what was best, we decided to seek out people in organisations related to mental health and disabilities. We asked them what they would like to see and what they would like to do, in a scheme to enhance the lives of people who live with mental health issues and physical impairments.

From that we formed and recruited our Dig-It Crew.

With Gro-Organic as their guide, the Dig-It Crew began to shape and transform their local area. And, during the process, that went on to transform their physical and mental well-being.

The Dig-It Crew took over a tract of land, which was once an abandoned drug den. They set about creating a WW2 ‘victory’ garden, which not only now grows fruit and vegetables from all over the world, but has hens on site and even an air-raid shelter. Now it is a vibrant community garden with over 150 active volunteers. It also provides food for the community and vulnerable groups.

People with mental health and physical disabilities are breaking down barriers and stigma as part of the Dig-It Crew. They’re becoming visible and important members of the community. This has renewed their self-pride and self-worth. When they come over to us, we work with them constantly in order to get to the root cause of their problems and lift their spirits.

We welcome people who are referred to us from:

  • NHS
  • GPs
  • Parents or carers
  • Self-referrals

We’re always on the look-out for volunteers to help out with the Dig-It Crew, so please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.

Here’s what we get up to

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