Launch of the Lottery funded “Thinking Differently” project and “Growing Together” garden

Launch of the Lottery funded “Thinking Differently” project and “Growing Together” garden
July 9, 2019 esfs_webadmin




“Thinking Differently” contributes to the following Big Lottery priorities:

  • Bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • Improving places and spaces that matter to communities
  • Enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage

We were awarded funding in December 2018 and commenced the programme in April 2019. We have delivered a phased implementation in order to effectively launch and pull together all elements of the programme.

The menu of support includes;

  • Harvey Girls session for mums and children under the age of 5
  • Parenting Programme (delivered 4 times a year)
  • Dads4Dads session for dads and their children, delivered on a Saturday morning
  • Beyond Black Belt, a partnership with a local martial arts centre offering a “get active” element to our programme and encouraging a whole family approach, nurturing positive family relationships
  • Transitional Group for students moving to Secondary school, who may be experiencing confidence, emotional, social or behavioural issues
  • Gardening Group, initially aimed at schools who may identify students who would benefit from “time out” of the classroom, in an alternative environment

“Thinking Differently” is underpinned by the 5 Ways to Wellbeing (New Economics Foundation).

There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating specific benefits which may be achieved for individuals and families, adopting this approach, including:

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Reduced social isolation
  • Increased activity in health related activities
  • Reduced hospital admissions and A&E attendances
  • Reduced outpatient / GP appointments

Our project seeks to improve the mental, physical and emotional health and wellbeing of local parents, children and families

The Launch

We decided to launch our “Thinking Differently” programme alongside the “Growing Together” project (Gardening programme), inviting schools to the launch to introduce them to a powerful resource they will be able to refer into for students who may need “time out” from a classroom environment. We had also had additional support from South Derbyshire and Burton College, with 2 students completing their Health and Social Care placements with us. The “Growing Together” project was planned and designed by the students, in collaboration with our families, and funded by Veolia (providing tools and plants, etc).

The launch was held on Friday 5th July at the Family Hub (“Growing Together” project), and hosted an English Country Garden theme, with delicious scones and cakes, and fragrant punch, kindly crafted by the Chair of Trustees, Glenys Wallis. 41 people attended from schools, community providers, alternative education, charities, the council, and a variety of agencies from the charity sector – we even ordered amazing weather!.

Pictures before we began the project:

The Family Hub and “Growing Together” project now:

South Derbyshire and Burton College attended to film the project in which the students had had such an instrumental role, and we will be hosting follow up media events over the next 2 weeks with the Burton Mail and TV news stations.

We have planned to do a separate launch event for our clients during the summer holidays, with games and activities for the whole family to enjoy. More info will follow.