New wellbeing initiative launched in Bournemouth


Housing Association BCHA’s Growth Project will use horticultural activities to help improve the wellbeing of vulnerable or disadvantaged people. 

The six-week training project beings on October 18, and will be primarily based at BCHA’s New Leaf Company allotment in Throop. It is open to anyone over the age of 19 and unemployed, and aims to help participants overcome a range of difficulties such as mental ill health, substance abuse and social isolation. 

Participants will learn about fruit and vegetable growing, wildlife conservation and plant identification, as well as mindfulness. 

The scheme is part of the Bournemouth 2026 Community Strategy, and is supported through project and partnership funding by adult learning service Skills & Learning Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole. 

More information

The course runs on Thursdays from 10am – 2:30pm, beginning with an enrolment session on October 18 at the New Leaf allotment. Lunch, drinks and travel expenses will be provided.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, it will be held at BCHA’s head office, St Swithun’s House, in central Bournemouth. 

For more info email BCHA or call 01202 410500.


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