Veterans Allotment receives £5,000 investment to help local ex-service men and women

Staff and their families at Finchale Group Veterans Allotment

We are delighted to announce that our veterans allotment that helps North East ex-service men and women and provides food to local foodbanks is being revived thanks to new funding.

Finchale Group Veterans Allotment

 

Finchale Group ran sessions at the allotment in Newcastle until last year, when a lack of funding meant it fell into disrepair.

Now Sir James Knott Trust has provided a £5,000 grant, allowing us to re-start the programme designed to relieve isolation of ex-service men and women.

The money will cover transport costs for groups of veterans to attend weekly sessions at the allotment for a year.

Finchale Group staff took on the challenge of clearing the overgrown plot ready for the volunteers to start work – with some young helpers lending a hand.

And it’s not just veterans who will reap the rewards – in previous years Finchale Group has donated fruits and vegetables grown on the plot to County Durham Foodbank.

Roger Guy, Head of Operations at Finchale Group, said: “Sir James Knott Trust’s generous donation gives us the chance to continue offering this important programme to veterans.

“The veterans we work with suffer from a range of emotional challenges, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD, which can leave them feeling isolated.

“Volunteering at the allotment gives them a chance to get outside and talk to likeminded people – as well as giving back to the community through our produce donations.”

Would you like to get involved?

 

The project is open to all Finchale Group clients; If you’d like to get involved you can contact us here

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