Growing Well is a farm based mental health charity near Kendal in Cumbria. Their vision is for people living with and recovering from poor mental health to be active, included in their communities and encouraged to understand their worth. They believe that change is possible no matter how unwell someone is. They are a City and Guilds registered training centre and provide horticultural training to improve skills, confidence and employability. Meaningful activity is underpinned at the charity by 1:1 specialist support using the "Recovery Star" model. This holistic tool helps people assess certain areas of their life and works to support strengths, not weaknesses. This process then underpins goal setting for an individual which can be worked towards over an open period of time.
Their request to ACT was for help to fund the balance they require to be able to commence the buildling of a bespoke catering structure from which meals will be created for the charity's daily workforce (25 people) by a team of their clients (known as volunteers). This is overseen and guided by a qualified member of staff and volunteers are supported to gain experience in all aspects of a working kitchen, menu planning, foraging for ingredients from the fields, preparing, service and clearing up. ACT were delighted to be able to pledge the shortfall required of £8K.