Participation in the local food programme provides residents with an improved sense of community, gives a sense of belonging and inclusion, educates residents about the benefits of healthy living and healthy eating and can improve mood, confidence and self-esteem.
Participants report improved motivation, the development of teamwork skills, a greater awareness of others in need and the opportunity to participate and achieve in a safe environment.
The scheme directly contributes to community health and wellbeing through the provision of organic food grown on site. Surplus produce (not consumed by participants) is donated to the food bank, spreading the benefit of the project even further.
Physical activity like digging and weeding contributes to improved physical health, while workshops and activities such as food preparation and cooking help participants to improve their skills and acquire new knowledge.