Penrose Roots has won the Community Project of The Year award at the Luton & Bedfordshire annual Community Awards ceremony. The awards celebrate the unsung heroes in the community and applaud those that seek to make the lives of others, easier, happier and more fulfilled.
Penrose Roots to Recovery garden is a therapeutic growing space for people aged 16+. The project offers skills learning and employability, reduces social isolation, and promotes mental and physical wellbeing. The aim is to bring people together as a group, giving them a renewed sense of purpose and reawakening old skills and interests.
It promotes recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, mental ill health, offending behaviour, homelessness and unemployment. The range of opportunities, include:
- access to a therapeutic open space
- a place for clients to grow and cook organic food, enhancing healthy eating and benefiting the clients’ food budget
- access to healing centres in a natural environment
- access to recreation, exercise, therapy, education and work skills through the twice-weekly Men’s Sheds and Women’s Sheds workshops
- signposting to relevant support services, where needs are identified.
Penrose are a founder member of the Social Interest Group. For more information about their work, visit the Penrose website.