Big Lottery win for St Werburghs City Farm

Enclude-Press-Release---Sept-2015-finalSt Werburghs City Farm in Bristol has this recently been awarded 285,539 pounds, from the Big Lottery to run a three year project called ‘Enclude’. The project aims to increase the well being and community engagement of disadvantaged adults in the city through activities that engage, enable and empower. The money will enable the Farm to meet a need for meaningful volunteering opportunities. The Farm will work with individuals to improve skills, confidence and offer valuable experiences. There will be outreach sessions run in local communities, taster days, weekly well being groups and tailored support for volunteers. Peter Kellett, the Chair of Trustees at St Werburghs City Farm says, “The award of this funding is a major success for the City Farm. It is a national vote of confidence in the impact of the high quality services that the Farm provides to over 3,000 disadvantaged children and adults every year and results from the dedication of every member of the Farm’s team.” The Lottery investment was won on the success of a pilot project run by the City Farm last year. One participant from that pilot says “It’s taken me an incredible amount of effort and courage to come to the group – but cooking food, picking salad, lovely people, nettle tea – all feels so healing and I feel lighter, calmer, so much happier – thank you.” Over the next three years, the Enclude Project will allow more people to access the Farm’s four unique sites and will be homed in new classrooms being built this winter. These new classrooms are also entered in an online competition this month to win £7,494 to install solar panels from the M&S Community Energy Fund, see here – www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/27481/ The Enclude Project has been made possible with funding through the Reaching Communities strand of the Big Lottery.

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