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Allotment project

The allotment project aims to support people in Calderdale who have experienced mental health issues to learn more about gardening and managing their own allotment. The project, which is run by voluntary action Calderdale aims to give people the skills and knowledge so that they’ll be able to run their own allotment in the future.

As well as learning how to grow food and flowers, it is hoped that participants taking part will develop friendships and increase their confidence not only in their gardening abilities but also to socialise with others.

Sessions are held at times that suit individuals, throughout Calderdale. As people’s skills develop, they will be encouraged to take more responsibility for their allotment, with the aim of taking full responsibility within 12 months.

By taking part in the allotment project, participants will:

  • Learn new skills about gardening and managing an allotment
  • Take responsibility for the allotment when they feel ready to
  • Build friendships
  • Improve their confidence
  • Pass on their skills and knowledge as well as encouragement to others who are new to the group
  • Increase their wellbeing as they take part in a physical activity and learn more about growing foods to support a healthy lifestyle

Who is this project for?

The project is for adults 16+ who have a mental health problem or a learning disability.

We also need a volunteer to help support the project, that have an interest in or knowledge of growing.

How do I access this project?

You can self-refer to Choice volunteering by contacting Audrey Smith, development officer on 01422 438727 or emailing

Get in touch with project organisers

This project is run by Voluntary Action Calderdale



Telephone: 01422 438 727

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Creative Minds is a registered charity in England and Wales number: 1055931-13. Registered office: Fieldhead Hospital, Ouchthorpe Lane, Wakefield, WF1 3SP