Welcome to Fair Deal‘s exciting project called ‘ Help Yourself Grow‘. This is a new approach to supporting people with learning disabilities to be all they can be and help them develop personally. It will initially involve gardening and cooking opportunities but will include many more activities guided by the people who are participating in the project.
Over 40 people have been involved with us in this as we work together to learn together and make a difference. Participants will be working with other projects such as the Jeely Piece Club, the Hidden Gardens as well as with Glasgow Life and other partners.
If you are interested in finding out more about Help Yourself Grow please contact Gail Cochrane. The project was the winner of the Community Champions Award for 2013 and won a variety of other awards at the Gardening Scotland event in 2013.
Help Yourself Grow continues to grow in the opportunities it generates for people to be involved in gardening and cooking activity. Recent developments include the providing of a lunch club over a month which was supported by Northview Housing Association, Glasgow City Council Education Department, Linburn school, and FM Training. This was a fantastic success. Scott Green continues to flourish in his role as trainer working alongside people at the David Cargill centre, teaching them about gardening and building on the skills he developed through help yourself Grow, where it all started for him! Fair deal is very grateful to Pauline Slavin from the Hidden Gardens who supports this work on a voluntary basis and to Langside Area Committee who are funding it.
The Southbrae site, where the day service centre is undergoing some reconfiguration of the people who use it, has become one of the sites for the HYG work. This is picking up pace with the young people from Middlefield School and the staff from the Hidden gardens playing a positive role. Discussions are about to get underway about the kitchen space use.
This year Fair Deal who has the lead role for service design as part of the PSP also known as The Life I Want worked together to plan and organise a Christmas Fayre at the site of the gardens within the grounds of Southbrae Resource Centre. This was inspired by the success of Help Yourself Grow and with the involvement and enthusiasm of other provider organisations the event was a huge success over the two days.
The video below will explain the thinking behind the event and how it has now opened up many new and exciting possibilities for a new social enterprise.