Sudbury garden project wants GPs on board

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DOCTORS in Sudbury are being urged to support an innovative garden project aimed at helping people with mental health issues.

Educational charity Eastfeast launched the “Growing Ourselves Through a Plot of Land” project at Sudbury Resource Centre at the beginning of the year.

The scheme aims to engage people with mental health issues to help build their confidence and self-esteem by giving those attending the opportunity to learn gardening skills, such as seed sowing, planting and growing vegetables.

The charity is keen to support more people in the area who have been suffering with a mental health issue and is now sending out reminders to GPs and other health-related organisations.

Yvonne Moores, Eastfeast director, said: “GPs and other health-related groups have not been referring patients to us, which is very disappointing.

“We are planning to contact the GPs again to remind them of the project and its benefits and hope they start to utilise a service on their doorsteps.”

She added that the scheme, which runs every Thursday from 10am to 2.30pm at the resource centre on Chilton Industrial Estate, was growing ever more important given the rise in mental health issues.

“The focus of this project will be to establish a new community garden at the centre, which will give the volunteers a real aim and an opportunity to develop a sense of achievement,” added Mrs Moores.