Heads Up Somerset provides services that aim to help people in the county with mental ill health feel good and function well. Services and activities include social and therapeutic horticulture, pottery, woodcraft, arts and crafts and social groups, as well as complementary therapies and counselling.
The Heads Up Healing Garden received a grant from the Somerset Community Foundation this year. The grant for the project, which aims to help people with mental health issues through the activity of community gardening, ensured activities could continue through the summer months. Some of the key achievements in the garden this summer included the creation of a cut flower garden (all plants having been grown from seed), growing a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables including, potatoes, peas, runner beans, raspberries and blueberries, creating hanging baskets and window boxes for a local pub, holding a successful plant stall at a local community event and helping other projects in need including gardening at the Alms House in Wells. The gardening activities undertaken helped individuals to maintain good mental health, physical health and to recover from illness.
Without the support of the Somerset Community Foundation it would not have been possible to ensure continuity during a challenging time for the project.
You can find out about all the projects being run by Heads Up Somerset and catch up with their latest news on their website.