Southwark Carers

Plant to Plate

Using foods grown in our roof garden, a medicinal herbalist will deliver 10 fortnightly sessions; each will focus on an element of diet and nutrition. The course will include visits to local, national and physic gardens to learn about different edible, useful, medicinal and historical plants.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 June 2018 to 12:00 AM, 1 October 2018

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1085300)

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Situation

Carers Allowance lowest of the income replacement benefits, results in carers suffering from food poverty, 3,646 People were fed by Southwark Foodbank 2015-2016. Food poverty results in poor diets, a huge risk factor for major diseases e.g. cancer. It relates to 30% of life years lost in early death and disability. Previously, we held ad hoc sessions positive feedback about the knowledge shared and the camerderie.

Solution

Carers will grow their own fruits, vegetables and herbs in our roof garden, described as a haven by Carers. Working in the garden will allow carers to experience gentle physical exercise. Being together in a group will allow carers to form new friendships and create wider support networks, thus reducing social isolation, 8 out 10 feel isolated, and improving their mental well being. Food poverty reduced.