Growing Space is a registered mental health charity founded in 1992, providing real work skills and a support network to help adults with mental ill health reach goals and improve their quality of life. Based in Newport, South Wales within the splendid grounds of Tredegar House and Park and at our workshops at Coomassie Street, Pillgwenlly, training is provided in Horticulture, Woodwork, ITC, Craft and a work based learning programme leading to accreditation.
Our success has been witnessed many times over the years as many of our members have left fully recovered with accredited qualifications which in many instances will be the first qualification they will have obtained. They have gone on to their individual successes, including going into further education, obtaining new jobs or finding a job for the first time. In addition former families’ poor relationships have been repaired and new friendships formed. Growing Space also provides a mobile garden clearance service throughout Newport for elderly and disabled Newport City Homes tenants, and we cleared a total of 212 gardens last year.
Growing Space tackles the problems of social exclusion often experienced by people with mental health problems and encourages them to see themselves in a positive and constructive light and to maximise their unlimited potential. We have seen so many examples of how self esteem and self worth is built among people who have been involved with the project. Growing Space concentrates upon each individual’s ability and not inability