Action Mental Health has been taking the first careful steps back to welcoming groups of volunteers to help support and maintain its services for people facing mental health difficulties.
A group of volunteers from the Housing Executive’s land and regeneration team have been pooling their green fingers to help AMH Horticulture Skills Coach Keith maintain the Stolen Moments Garden at AMH New Horizons Downpatrick. The team hoed, tilled and toiled in the rich and varied gardens, which clients are lucky to have on their doorstep, and where they go to relax and undertake tasks that provide evidence for their horticulture qualification.
AMH New Horizons Downpatrick was lucky to welcome their first round of volunteers – including Stephen, David G, David B, Catherine, Joanne and Tim – back to the service since before the first lockdown in March 2020.
The garden maintenance project comes as the charity continues to take careful steps back to the provision of increased face-to-face services for clients and the activities required to support them, all in line with public health guidance.
Clients attending AMH New Horizons Downpatrick take part in the Working it Out Project which is funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.