One of our Community Based Recovery services, Penrose Roots, won the prestigious, Community Project of The Year award at the Luton & Bedfordshire annual Community Awards ceremony last Friday 11th October. 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 18+. 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.
- signposting to relevant support services, where needs are identified
- Basic Horticultural training.
- Recycle-a-bike workshop.
- Weekly CONNECTS social isolation social meetup.
Penrose Roots has also been nominated for two further awards later in the year. We congratulate all involved and wish them every success going forward.