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MAIN awarded £10,976 from The Postcode Lottery Trust

MAIN applied for and were successful in being awarded a grant of £10,976 from The Postcode Lottery Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.  The grant will help us to convert a piece of unused land adjacent to our premises into a multi-use garden which can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike where our service users can grow their own produce, relax and socialise and have fun.


It will include accessible raised beds for planting fruit and vegetables.  Recreational facilities for dining and socialising and play equipment for the development of physical skills and to aid sensory development.


The funding will enable our service users, who all have long-term health conditions including autism, mental health and other disabilities, the opportunity to participate in gardening activities at our High Force Road premises in central Middlesbrough.


The exercise will improve their general fitness and will in turn lead to increased physical health benefits and improved wellbeing.  It will reduce social isolation, and loneliness, promote friendships and involve problem solving and team working.


The produce grown in the garden will be prepared and cooked in our independent living skills area which will lead to eating a healthier diet using fresh produce.  Maths and English will be embedded into this activity.


Our service users will maintain the garden once the initial work in preparation has been completed.


MAIN would like to take this opportunity of thanking players of the People’s Postcode Lottery who have enabled this project to take place.


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