Proof that Gardening can help end feelings of Isolation?

There are a number of gardening projects in the UK which are focusing on helping asylum seekers and refugees feel more integrated in society. One of the initiatives in Tyneside is called the Comfrey Project where help is given to people to help them adapt to life in the UK. Three allotments are rented out and weekly sessions take place. As well as growing fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables, group members are encouraged to take home produce, cook meals at home and share produce with other members. The project helps people feel part of a community and belonging to a group.
Part of the weekly sessions include group members sharing lunch, where they can talk about their experiences, good or bad. Members come from some of the most war torn areas in the world such as the Congo and Afghanistan. The project has helped build confidence and help to relieve the pressures of integration. For further information e-mail The Comfy project at; info@thecomfreyproject.org

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