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New men's project needs you!

Allotment

The Young at Heart project in North Staffordshire yesterday launched a new project aimed at men who want to do something that will put their skills and experience to use.

The new community allotment scheme will grow vegetables for local community projects and Young at Heart’s own social groups. They are appealing for men to come and help out.

Rob Kellett, men’s outreach worker, was down at the allotment to kick-off the new scheme. Speaking beforehand, he said, “We’ve got a good plot, we’ve had some soil delivered and we’re going to start by digging it over ready to grow produce. There’s a communal area where we can get teas and coffees, have a sandwich, or shelter out of this rain! I’m here in my overalls and wellies ready to pitch in – come and join me. We’ll be here every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 at Mott Place in Middleport.”

The first session went well, despite the wet weather. Seven people attended, including people from Groundworks UK and Root ‘n’ Fruit community food initiative, as well as the first clients. Rob hopes that these numbers will grow as the weeks go on and the weather improves.

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The allotment is just the start. Eventually the group hopes to build a shed, have a workshop and host social groups. So Rob is encouraging people to bring their ideas as well as their skills to help the project develop.

He said, “It’s very much their group, so we want to encourage a sense of ownership for the men so they can provide suggestions and their thoughts. We want to build a shed to house our tools. So hopefully someone can come along who’s got the skills and experience to help do that. And there are more things on the horizon once we’re up and running.”

Young at Heart holds social groups, lunch clubs and activities across North Staffordshire for older people who are experiencing loneliness. The community allotment will provide much-needed food for the groups, helping the charity to be more self-sufficient. As well as growing vegetables, the community allotment will be a sociable place for men to get out of the house and keep busy and active. Aimed at men over fifty-five, the project aims to build a strong community of people who are hands-on and practical. 

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To get involved, call Young at Heart on 01782 269990. 

The men’s project is the latest initiative from our Young at Heart project, which supports older people in North Staffordshire who are experiencing loneliness. Young at Heart runs social groups and activities, but found that women outnumber men significantly at these meetings, leaving men at risk of becoming isolated. The new project is designed specifically to target men, by providing activities tailored to their interests.

 

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