The Kitchen Garden project provides a community allotment to local people in order to help them get outdoors and also to provide fresh vegetables for the Topaz café.
Regular exercise and eating a healthy diet can lead to a range of benefits, including increased energy, happiness, health and even a longer life.
Exercise and diet are vital in determining a person’s overall health – making them both part of your lifestyle can make a dramatic difference to how you look and feel.
We run a weekly allotment session every Wednesday (11am – 4pm). This is a drop-in gardening session to offer mental health support in a more relaxed environment where people can help out growing produce which we then use in the Topaz Café based at our Ashton-under-Lyne centre.
We also provide a supported gardening service at the allotment Tuesday to Friday (9am – 3pm) that helps adults with additional learning needs. This allows them to learn new skills and to be part of a supportive group of people who can build confidence and increase their independence.
Our allotment is helped out by an amazing band of people who volunteer for us, who give up their time to work with participants and bring a broad range of amazing skills and passions to the organisation.
Volunteering at the allotment is perfect for you if you would like to get outdoors, learn about gardening, meet people or just enjoy natural surroundings. We also welcome experienced gardeners or craftspeople, willing to share their knowledge and skills, and volunteers to support gardeners with additional needs.
However you don’t need to have any previous experience or knowledge to come along to the Kitchen Garden allotment. It’s a great opportunity to learn new skills.
We grow a lot of the fruit and vegetables for our Topaz café. Our participants also do woodwork and craft projects to provide equipment for our allotments. Volunteering at the allotment would help to provide support to this valuable work.
If you are interested in this or our other volunteering roles click here.
You can find us at the following address:
Kitchen Garden Allotments
Grange Road South
For further information on the services we run or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michelle Farraday, Therapeutic Horticulture Project Manager on 0161 366 9966.