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

Grow winter social - Tues 13th Dec

The next Grow Social for anyone who has attended a Grow Season will be on Tuesday 13th December – leaving Brighthelm Centre at 1pm and returning by 5pm. 

We’ll be easing our way gently together into the festive season up at the barn at Saddlescombe Farm with a foraging walk to gather natural materials for some festive wreath-making. 

We’ll also be warming some mulled apple juice on the woodburner and there may even be a mince pie or two! 

If you’d like to join us please email info@growingwellbeing.org.uk to book your place.

New report launches - Ecotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice

Would you like to hear more about how Matt Adams and Julie Morgan from University of Brighton have been working with Grow to evaluate the project and see some of their findings?  Come along on Friday November 18th between 2-4.30pm to Mayfield House Lecture Theatre, University of Brighton at Falmer if you’d like to: 

  • watch the WORLD PREMIERE of a short animation about Grow and the University’s work with us
  • be there for the launch of Ecotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice - edited by former colleague Martin Jordan;
  • listen to guest speakers; 
  • AND, most importantly, enjoy a carefully curated selection of refreshments!

Please email Matt Adams if you’d like to attend on Matthew.Adams@brighton.ac.uk

Grow Poem

For a few hours the bomb in my head stopped ticking

And the perpetually unfinished lists were still

I didn’t have to run anymore, fear or hide myself

The anger the sirens the squawking were far away

And all I heard was birdsong

All I saw was beautiful

Nature minded its own business

I’m just another thing

Alongside

Quietly growing

And all I did was breathe

The calm strength of the earth below

Held my feet and made my stride braver

And the sky gently put its arms around my shoulders and said,

“None of this needs to be so complicated you know.

You will always be part of this landscape,

And no harm will come to you today".

 By Sarah Grinstead, written after a day out with Grow