Since opening in 2013, the therapeutic gardens have been awarded a Green Flag Community Award for being a tranquil and mindful place for the community in Shoeburyness.
We currently run two Growing Together members’ days at Shoeburyness, 9am to 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Shoeburyness is the home of our Women’s Only Group, a safe space for women to socialise, share support and take part in craft and creative activities. The Women’s Group runs from 1pm – 3pm every Wednesday.
From April to October we run Dig It Youth at Shoeburyness on Wednesdays 4pm to 6pm. Dig It Youth is an outdoor activities club for young people aged 10 and up. Take part in gardening activities or, if you’re feeling arty, try your hand at decorating our sheds with graffiti and other colourful artwork.
Transforming a Community Space for Mental Health
The main building at Shoeburyness is built from sustainable wood, and we have put in polytunnels and raised beds for produce-growing. We also keep four guinea-pigs on site at Shoeburyness, which you can exercise and play with on members’ days. Transforming the waste ground at Shoeburyness into a vibrant community hub has shown what local people can achieve when we work together for positive wellbeing.