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