Happy News for a Happy New Year

Happy New Year (rather belatedly) to all our supporters and friends,  We hope that 2018 will be fruitful and abundant for you in every way possible!

We are delighted to announce that we have now been able to book in dates for the next couple of Seasons of Grow.  The next Season will start on 1st March and run through to 19th April and we are now taking registrations for this course so if you or anyone you know could benefit from some time out in nature with others in beautiful Sussex countryside then please get in touch at info@growingwellbeing.org.uk or follow the link on the What We Do page.

These 2 Seasons have been made possible by the amazing support we have received from the following:

Ernest Kleinwort Trust, Brighton & Hove City Council, Soul of the City Choir, local companies Brandwatch and CogApp, everyone who donated to our Grow Your Tenner campaign through LocalGiving and everyone who came along to our fundraising Winter Warmer Walk. 

We are also very grateful to the wonderful people who donated prizes to our Winter Prize Draw including MyBrighton Hotel, British Airways i360, Camilla and Roly, National Trust, Dyke Golf Club, School of the Wild, Tristan Gooley, The Royal Oak pub in Poynings, The Outdoor Project, Panna Chocolate and Good Money Vouchers Scheme.  We couldn't have raised the money we did without you.

Register now for our winter warmer fundraising walk 30th December

If you'd like to come on the Grow Winter Warmer Fundraising walk and Open Day on 30th December we'd love to see you and there are still places left.

We'll be meeting at the National Trust Information Trailer at Devil's Dyke car park and there will be a choice of guided walks to Saddlescombe Farm led by National Trust volunteers setting off at 11am and 12.15pm.

For non-walkers there will be a minibus shuttle from Devils Dyke to Saddlescombe Farm at 11.30 and 12.30

At the farm we'll be serving homemade soup and bread baked in the outdoor clay oven.  There will be chances to try out green woodworking and whittling, skittles, some creative activities and the opportunity to learn all about Grow and what we do.  

It's the perfect antidote to Christmas over-indulgence!! Come along, get outside, feel better and help raise money for Grow.

Registration can be done online here or at the National Trust Info trailer on the day.  Price is £10 (£5 concessions - over 60, under 16, on benefits, students or Grow members) and for groups of 4 booking together the £5 concession rate applies to everyone.


Grand Winter Prize Draw

More exciting fundraising news this week as we announce our Grand Winter Prize Draw.  Tickets are just £1 each and for that small amount of money you could be in with a chance of winning some amazing and unique (mostly) nature connected prizes.

Top prize is a one night stay for 2 with breakfast in the eco-friendly MyBrighton Hotel.  We've also got a £45 box of Saddlescombe Farm lamb up for grabs, workshops with National Trust and School of the Wild, flights on the i360, a trial golf session at Devils Dyke Golf Club and lots more prizes being added by the day.

Tickets will be on sale at our Grow Social on 13th Dec, the Soul of the City gig on 16th December and our Winter Warmer Fundraising walk and open day on 30th December but if you're not going to be at any of those and would like the chance to buy some tickets do get in touch at info@growingwellbeing.org.uk

Grow Winter Warmer Fundraising Walk and Open Day

Are you looking for things to do with family, friends or just in the company of others between Christmas and New Year that will get you outside having fun and will raise money for Grow whilst your doing it?  Our Grow Winter Warmer Fundraising Walk and Open Day could be just the thing!

  • Enjoy a guided circular walk from Devils Dyke Inn Car Park taking in the beautiful National Trust's Saddlescombe Farm en route
  • Stop off at the warm and cosy Learning Barn at Saddlescombe Farm to enjoy fresh made soup and bread baked in the clay oven, mulled apple juice and other goodies, along with a range of activities for all ages such as whittling, green woodworking, making string from natural things and creative activities
  • Hear all about the work of Grow, what we do and why from the people who have taken part in the project
  • Take part in our Winter Prize draw for the chance to win some wonderful and unique nature-related prizes

Registration is essential and costs just £10 (£5 for concessions and for Grow members)

To register for your place and to find out more click here


November Season postponed

Sadly we have had to postpone our next 8 week Season due to lack of funding.  We hope to be able to re-start our activities in the new year so do please check in with us regularly for more dates in 2018.

In the meantime we'll be concentrating our efforts on fundraising and we hope to have lots of exciting new ways that you can get involved with Grow and raise money for us at the same time.

In the meantime if you'd like to donate to Grow you can do so at https://localgiving.org/charity/the-grow-project/

Watch this space....

Grow gets Bags of Help from Tescos

Great news - Grow has been shortlisted for a public vote in Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.  You can vote for us by putting your blue tokens in the Grow box in Tescos Express Stores across Brighton and Hove during the months of July and August.  Please help spread the word amongst your friends and family and let's get voting - the project with the most votes receives £4000.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.
Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags. The public will now vote in store during July and August on who should receive the £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.  For more info on the scheme visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp


Soul of the City Choir Support Grow

The wonderful Soul of the City Choir have adopted Grow as their charity for the year helping us to raise money by collecting for us at their end of term gigs.

Soul of the City is a fun, friendly community choir based in Brighton and Hassocks singing an uplifting mix of pop, soul and gospel music.  They understand that singing can be almost as good as nature for wellbeing and they're keen to support us in any way they can.

They're next performing at the lovely Old Market in Hove on Saturday 15th July in a double bill at 5.30pm and 8pm.  We'd love it if you could come along to the gig and support the choir (and in turn support Grow!)

Tickets priced £8.50 (£6.50 for concessions) are available online from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/406451


New Grow Season starting 13th April

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We're delighted to announce that after a bit of an extended winter hibernation, we've now been able to confirm a new Season of Grow.

We'll be starting Season 19 on 13th April and running through every Thursday til 1st June so will enjoy having the full-on springtime experience!

If you, or anyone you know could benefit from being involved then please do contact us for an informal chat on 07557 501557.

Sussex countryside dramatically improves mental health

University of Brighton have evaluated our Grow programme to find that being in the countryside has huge benefits to people suffering with mental health issues.

We know from direct feedback that people experience increased confidence and improved self esteem on our programme,  but it's fantastic that the University of Brighton have been able to validate that.

One past Grow participant has said:

“I have absolutely loved the whole experience – it’s changed my life. I have been so anxious – I have struggled to go out for the past couple of years. I have looked out of the window and craved the peace and silence of nature – and just not had the energy, motivation or courage to leave the flat.”

Read The Argus news article here and for the full University of Brighton report, have a look at our Benefits page