Past and present

2016 onwards

Growing Works moved into Hope Bank Community Works near Honley to reduce costs and allow sessions to be run from our home base. Rachel Burnett has returned to hands on sessions as SPROUT family co-ordinator.

A young mentors group has been introduced for children graduating from SPROUT, with Michelle Goodwin (who came along as a volunteer many moons ago) leading on this project.

A herb nursery at Hope Bank Works is growing on from the original Shepley nursery by local volunteers and participants to raise money for projects.

POD continues to be booked for events throughout Kirklees

Allotments at Almondbury and Wooldale continue to provide respite from daily life for adults in the week.

Growing works is being supported by local clinical commissioners and Community Partnerships to find ways to secure longer term funding to expand and develop our Sprout project. We are using this evidence to apply for funding to enable us to reach particularly isolated families who live in central Huddersfield areas and who face different challenges in their urban communities.

Growing works is also exploring other potential developments which link our Sprout and Bud projects. In particular the sessions for young people and their families aged over 18 with autistic spectrum disorders.

Growing works became a registered charity in January 2015.

2013 – 2014
Funding was secured to expand the work of the network, our team grew bigger and the work began to spread throughout Kirklees. This was reflected by our change of name to Growing works, which reflected our increasing geographical reach. Additionally we acquired premises in Shepley, Huddersfield to enable the team to centrally coordinate the Sprout, Pod and Bud projects and provide an office base for the senior management team.

Sprout continued working with families with children with additional needs and we added a further site at Northorpe Hall in Mirfield. Successful evaluation of Sprout enabled us to evidence the impact of our work on the lives of families and this led to commendations from Kirklees Community Partnerships for the standard and detail of our evaluation.

Bud began working with individuals with long term health conditions in North Kirklees. In November 2014, Bud won a Grassroots Award from The Skipton Bulding Society after national publicity and support which attracted over 27,000 votes!

Pod was designed by our talented worker Catherine Power and made using a local craftsman. This enabled our workshops to be commissioned by public events such as Dewsbury upon Sea and The Flame. In addition, our growing activities continued on allotments and public areas in central Huddersfield, Almondbury, Grange Moor and Holmfirth.

We secured funding for a 15 month Market Garden Project from Time to Change, and was part of the national campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in the Holme Valley area, giving local volunteers with a lived experience of mental health difficulties the opportunity to run the project with us.

2009 – 2010
Holme Valley Gardening Network was set up by Elaine Thelier and Helen Scott to join with other growers for support, encouragement and a shared passion for working the land. At our first meeting a field for a local growing project was offered by Mark Lewis from the Independent Cooperative Society in Wooldale. The Wooldale Allotment Gardens were officially opened on 1st May 2010. The field was converted to 22 allotment sized plots to allow more families to be involved and those new to growing learn on smaller plots. The Wooldale Allotment Association was formed in December 2010 to oversee the management of the site.

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