Haven within the City

Gail, a MA Social Work student, with PSS, visited Dutch farm yesterday and received a very warm welcome from all the service users. In particular, Darren and Tony, who spent time showing Gail, around and talking about the seasonal changes and what they get involved in throughout the year. It was a lovely opportunity to not only see what Dutch Farm is doing and planning to do but also to see the clear enjoyment and therapeutic benefits the service users gain from being involved in the project and its activities.

Tony, who travels all the way in from Waterloo was talking about his ideas for helping to raise funds for the project and Darren spent time explaining how they have cleared areas for compost growing, plants and vegetables and showed me the mosaic’s they have made which will be on display around the project. There was also a lovely cup of tea and a chat on offer with other service users in their canteen who shared their experiences of being at Dutch Farm and how they work as a team to grow and maintain the farm. Gail is looking forward to visiting throughout the year and sitting on one of the many creative seating areas that are in the process of being done. It truly is a little haven within the city and well worth a visit. PSS has a great facility that can be utilised by its other projects as part of their programmes