Developing Health and Independence

The Garden Village; Social Enterprise

The Garden Village is a proposed social enterprise project that has emerged out of DHI’s successful ‘Gardening and Allotment Project’. Through the employment and involvement of those who are socially excluded we will empower people to gain meaningful occupation and employable skills.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation
  • OtherOther




The current allotment project is unable to expand in its current location and as such is limited in the support and training that it can offer volunteers and service users. The government is placing an increasing focus on ensuring the population are fully employed. Increasingly, long term unemployment is not an option. There is a need for projects to be able to offer tangible skills and training to support people to return to work.


We will offer a therapeutic and meaningful opportunity to provide education and training and contribute to the employability of those who have in the past struggled to gain meaningful employment as a result of social exclusion and lack of employable skills. Work in gardening is a popular choice among ex-service users of DHI, and the charity’s allotment project has provided many with meaningful un-paid employment, especially during weekends when there is little to do that is affordable.