Gardening continues as community launchpad, thanks to TVH

Potatoes grown by members of the Healthy Living Project

Potatoes grown by members of the Healthy Living Project.

A gardening project will continue to help disadvantaged people from Reading to re-join the community, thanks to Thames Valley Housing (TVH).

Launchpad Reading’s Allotment and Healthy Living Project, which helps around 50 people each year to develop personal and employability skills,  has received £2,000 from the TVH’s Community Chest Fund.

Amanda Rose, Marketing Manager at Launchpad Reading said, “We are really grateful to TVH for this funding as it will allow us to continue this project which helps people whose vulnerabilities have led to long-term homelessness.”

The project is spread across 17 kitchen gardens where the participants live, and an allotment.

Amanda said, “People learn to grow seasonal fruit and vegetables and learn how to cook with them, and then incorporate these into a healthy diet.”

The project has a range of benefits.  Participants develop self-confidence and well-being, and they learn how to look after themselves.   They learn team work and time management; both vital for the job market.  They have the opportunity to socialise and develop an appreciation of nature. .

Sahil Khan, Community Investment Manager at TVH said, “This funding means Launchpad will be able to continue helping both our residents and other residents in Reading  regain  vital  skills and  live within the community they’ve so long felt estranged from.

Editors notes

Launchpad Reading (formerly Reading Single Homeless Project) was founded in 1979. It is a registered charity helping some of Reading’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn around their lives and fulfill their potential.

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