Volunteering for Health in Backlands Garden

Organisation : Lauderdale Medical Practice working in partnership with The Ridge
Grant Amount : £ 5,000

Patient referrals to the Ridge’s Backlands Garden, to volunteer in a structured but informal setting.

Recent project showed the following benefits:

  • Improved physical fitness
  • weight loss
  • reduced substance abuse
  • reduced social isolation
  • increased confidence
  • improved practical skills
  • Improved wider relationships
  • reduced anxiety and depression
  • improved workplace skills

Also signposting was provided to other services e.g. counselling for anger management, substance abuse support

Access to weekly free 3-course meal laid on by the Ridge Café, open to the whole community, so addressing social isolation and access to nutritious food.

All in Dunbar centre so easily accessible (very important for local people who struggle to access services sited at the other end of the county, and require use of expensive, irregular, complicated journeys by public transport)