A Whittingham based outdoor eco-therapy project for people suffering with mental health problems has been shortlisted for a national award.
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Grow Your Own project has been shortlisted for the Psychiatric Team of the Year for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability in the national Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Awards.
The team, which is based at Guild Park (within the grounds of the former Whittingham Hospital), has created a therapeutic outdoor space where patients can learn and develop their skills to support their recovery, whilst also benefitting the local environment by helping to grow and harvest organic, seasonal food.
All the fruit and vegetables produced are used in the kitchens at Guild Lodge for meals served to both patients and staff.
Elizabeth Harrison, Grow Your Own project lead at the foundation Trust, says those involved with it were all delighted about the nomination. She said: “From the beginning, we were keen for service users to be involved and it’s been amazing to watch how they have enjoyed learning new skills and how this, in turn, has helped improve their self-confidence and recovery, giving them a positive outlook for the future.”
The team has also recently won various awards closer to home, gaining prizes at Goosnargh and Longridge Show for some of the fruit and vegetables produced.
Further afield it was win successful at the national NHS Sustainability Day Awards.
The winners of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London in November.