Green-fingered youth scheme gets grant
A HORTICULTURAL training scheme for young people in Plymouth has been given a grant of £7,052.
Horticultural Therapy Trust, based in Lipson, is one of 37 projects in the South West to win funding from the Big Lottery Fund's (Big) Awards For All programme.
Funding worth £290,782 has been given out to projects across the region.
Horticultural Therapy Trust will use the money to deliver its Seeds Of Change scheme for disadvantaged young people, including those who are unemployed or suffering mental health problems.
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Other groups benefiting from the funding include Creative Youth Network in Bristol, which will use a £9,041 grant to run personal development sessions and a fashion workshop course based on the theme of recycling.
Meanwhile, people living with mental health problems or recovering from alcohol and drug issues in Stroud will benefit from a weaving project by Stroud Valleys Artspace.
A grant of £6,182 will help deliver the project and provide opportunities to help participants improve their wellbeing and confidence.
Elsewhere, East Devon Volunteer Support Agency in Ridgeway has received £7,505 to recruit and train volunteers to start a befriending service for people with disabilities. A grant of £3,178 awarded to the Samaritans in Barnstaple will pay for IT equipment, enabling the group to expand its capacity.
Mark Cotton, Big's head of the South West region, said: "I am pleased to see so many projects awarded funding which will have a hugely positive impact on communities by boosting emotional and physical well-being, and raising awareness about mental health issues."