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RCG's Cost-of-Living Response

Updated: Dec 14, 2023

Redcatch Community Garden is actively supporting mental and physical health through our cost-of-living response this winter.

We are now funded to provide five cost-of-living response sessions each week over the winter period, with each session ensuring attendees have a nutritious homemade meal. In addition, we are providing home-cooked frozen meals to the foodbank and to families at a local primary school.

Our mission at Redcatch Community Garden is to bring people together to learn, socialise, share skills and support physical and mental health and wellbeing. Over the last 12 months, we have expanded our cost-of-living response and aligned it with our mission. We are now funded until March/April to:

  • Deliver our ongoing weekly Art in the Garden sessions - facilitated by qualified art therapists where breakfast is provided

  • Host a weekly Community Lunch, serving a sit-down two-course meal to 40+ community members all thanks to our dedicated kitchen team and volunteers

  • Hold a weekly After School Club where parents have hot drinks made for them, children can play alongside our therapy team/volunteers and attendees can take a child-friendly frozen meal home to heat up for dinner

  • Run a weekly Knitting and Crochet Group where hot drinks are provided

  • Organise an upcoming Saturday Knitting and Crochet Group for Carers where participants can taken home a frozen meal to heat up

All of our sessions are underpinned by therapeutic and safeguarding support, backed by our team of wonderful staff and volunteers. On top of this, our food is provided by Food Leader-trained staff who use Garden produce where possible to create nutritious and delicious meals.

Jo Ingleby from the Children's Kitchen conducts regular cook-a-longs at our Community Lunch, encouraging further engagement with healthy, seasonal food and exciting flavours. Last week, 36 people prepared Squashage rolls together to complement their main meal.

Please refer to the flyer below for details of our regular cost-of-living and wellbeing offerings.

Our cost-of-living response is funded by:

  • The UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

  • Funding from the Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, via The National Lottery Community Fund

The Government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK. Grants will support charities and community organisations in England at the frontline of dealing with the increase in the cost-of-living.

This winter, we are holding a day of graffiti, hot food and gardening for children aged 8-12 in receipt of benefits-related free school meals. Our goal is to involve children in growing, acquaint them with fresh, healthy food and instil a sense of belonging and ownership in the Garden. This year, they will be planting up hardy pollinator-friendly companion plants for our sensory garden.

Our Holiday Club offering is funded by:

  • Your Holiday Hub (YHH)

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