Many people living in hostels spend a lot of time alone feeling isolated from society and community activities.
Having activities to focus on helps in many ways – it distracts from life’s difficulties, and provides physical challenges and social stimulation.
Men and women living in hostels in Birmingham and other deprived settings have been able to set up weekly gardening activities at their allotment after Spring to Life – a not-for-profit community interest company – received a community cash grant from Sport Relief/ Comic Relief.
The gardening project offers opportunities to be ‘active out of doors’ and to be around other people.
Spring to Life also runs other out-door therapies including walking groups; mindfulness out of doors and nature conservation activities.