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We Can Grow at Bosence Farm

15 July 2021

We at Bosence Drug & Alcohol treatment are delighted to announce the award of £160,500 by the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund for a new project introducing ecotherapy to our existing treatment programme.

As many of you will already be aware, we have been running a successful horticulture project since 2019. The project was initially aimed at improving the outdoor environment and involving service-users in growing food to cook and eat. It soon became obvious that interacting and connecting to nature and the environment was having a very positive impact on people during their treatment. Over the next three years, this funding will enable the project to reach its full potential, offering service users, staff and volunteers at Bosence a whole new range of activities and opportunities linked to horticulture and the natural world.

The project will be led by our very own Ecotherapy Manager, Noah Hall, along with a volunteer coordinator who will be responsible for a team of volunteers from the local community, The project will enable staff and service users to use the outdoors as a therapeutic and healing tool to enhance their recovery and learning while they undergo treatment with us. They will engage in activities such as planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and eating as well as rural skills sessions such as making plant dyes, art sessions, and herbarium making. It is hoped that the project will motivate and enable service users undergoing treatment to develop interests and purpose for the future, which may also lead to new employment opportunities.

The new project will launch on 1st of August.

Kate Prosser CEO comments: “This is such fantastic news for Bosence. We provide treatment to some of the most vulnerable individuals in society, many of whom have experienced significant trauma in their lives and are struggling with mental health issues and homelessness as well as addiction. We are aware of the benefits and impact of ecotherapy upon those undergoing treatment and now, with this funding, we will be able to offer it as an integral part of the whole recovery programme at Bosence”.

If you would like to find out more about the Ecotherapy Project or volunteering opportunities at Bosence, please go to the website www.bosencefarm.com or contact Noah Hall:

Thank you #NationalLottery

Pictured left to right: Kate Prosser – CEO, Noah Hall – Ecotherapy Manager, Carolyn Trevivian – Fundraiser.

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