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16 March 2017

Mental Health project grows with new allotment

When Bridge Street, a mental health supported housing project, had the good fortune to acquire a local allotment patch, it was the start of an exciting journey for everyone involved.

The staff and service users at Bridge Street, owned and ran by NCHA Care and Support, were lucky enough to receive help from local accountants Cooper Parry to transform the neglected piece of land into a relaxing oasis.

A bright March morning saw a team of dedicated and hardworking volunteers arrive from Cooper Parry, eager to make a difference and volunteer their time to contribute to NCHA’s mission of helping to create ‘better lives’.

For the service users at Bridge Street this hard work has created a welcoming and inclusive space that helps people on their journey to manage everyday life whilst having an enduring mental health illness.

Work included expanding the vegetable garden to be able to provide that ‘field to plate’ feel-good factor, preparing the ground for a spectacular and sensory wildflower garden, and creating a fire pit, which will provide opportunities to interact with others and spend quality time outdoors; think toasted marshmallows and stories round the fire.

The work doesn’t end here though, at Bridge Street we are now looking to recruit a volunteer gardener/s to help maintain this fantastic addition to the project. To find out more about this opportunity please visit:

To find out more about volunteering with NCHA please visit: