Help and Care Project - ROOTS
Help and Care Development Ltd - ROOTS Gardening Project is a social enterprise aiming to change lives by providing people in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse, ex-offenders or people who have limiting health conditions, with positive, meaningful activities.
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The project offers opportunities to build confidence and self-esteem through undertaking meaningful activities, whilst learning new skills which can be transferred into potential employment. This aim is to assist partcicpants to break the cycle of offending and addiction.
Help and Care Development Ltd applied to the PCC for a community grant of £1500 from the Safer Dorset Fund. The funding was used to run the project in Boscombe, Christchurch and Turlin Moor through the recruitment of volunteers, and the provsion of equipment and tools . With this funding, ROOTS was able to work with overgrown, neglected gardens and communal spaces to bring them back into use.
Project participants stated :
“ROOTS makes me feel like I’m achieving something with my days and cheers me up – it gives me a structure and I like the people.”
“It has given me the confidence and self-esteem and helps with social skills. A purpose to get up in the morning”
“ROOTs helps me focus on something other than my problems”
“In the next 6 months I would like to gain paid employment and finish my HNC”
“I would like to achieve a full time job or 2 days a week doing the same work with ROOTs or another company”
Find out more about ROOTS Help and Care Project and the work they do.