Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative makes available funding, skills, materials and resources to community projects and groups which benefit the Borough.
Halton Housing’s engagement team recently presented The Wonky Garden with a cheque for £500, alongside members of WHH Charity and staff from the unit at Halton Hospital.
The funding will be used to purchase materials to transform the space. The garden will be easily accessible with a wide range of brightly coloured plants in raised flower beds for patients, staff and visitors to relax and enjoy.
In addition to the funding, Halton Housing’s materials supply contractor Travis Perkins donated a large quantity of soil for the new garden.
Research has found that outdoor settings, such as gardens and green spaces, provide multiple benefits for patients. These include a calming effect on patients, which can result in decreased blood pressure and lower stress levels.
At the cheque presentation, one of the founding members of The Wonky Garden, Angela Hayler said: “We’re so pleased to have been awarded the funding on behalf of WHH Charity‘s Cardiac Rehab patients and volunteers. We look forward to facilitating what the team want to do and see in their garden.”
Debbie Jameson, Halton Housing customer engagement officer said: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with such a committed and positive minded group of ladies. The work they do in the community is totally inclusive and they have been able to engage with some of the harder to reach groups. The changes they have made to a number of community gardens will benefit so many people in the Borough providing safe environments for people to learn and develop new skills.”
Helen Higginson, head of fundraising at WHH Charity said: “Working alongside community groups such as The Wonky Garden team truly means a great deal to us here at WHH, engaging our communities to join us to make a difference to their Halton Hospitals Outdoor Spaces and receiving Halton Housing support will certainly have an amazing impact on all involved.”
The Wonky Garden was created when the original founders met during cancer treatment. They discovered that they shared a love of nature and decided to create The Wonky Garden to give something back to the community with a strong focus on health and wellbeing. The Wonky Garden welcomes all ages and abilities including schools, special needs, isolated groups or individuals. Anyone joining can come as little or often as they want, there is always lots of choice, whether gardening, carpentry, crafting or simply enjoying a cup of tea and the company.
If you or someone you know run a community-based project that could benefit from the support of Halton Housing’s Helping Hands initiative, whether it’s a refurb of a scout hut, a kitchen makeover in a community centre, or a hospice garden in need of some TLC, get in touch today for an application form. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Helping Hands website page for further information.
Halton Housing’s customer engagement team, with some of the founding members of The Wonky Garden and members of WHH Charity and staff from the unit at Halton Hospital.
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