About our project
Nurturing and tending to an allotment is an extremely social and therapeutic process.
At YMCA Exeter, our city-centre allotment provides young people with the mental space to reflect and learn about themselves, build a peer-based supportive and positive community, and greatly improve their physical health, general wellbeing and mental health. In particular, we find that young people are much more likely to open up about themselves when working alongside their mentor and peers than a very formal desk-based mentoring session.
Over this past year, our young people have been busy tending to and developing our community garden, and have learnt a lot about the role nature plays in their wellbeing.
Our therapeutic horticulture project is helping to:
- address inequalities,
- improve health and wellbeing,
- get people active,
- encourage volunteering,
- improve where we live.
“It’s been great working with Sam in the garden. I’m trying to get back into work and helping in the garden is teaching me new skills. Being outside in nature is also good for the mood and good for health.”