A charity is aiming to transform lives through creative outdoor activities.
Growing Works uses outdoor therapy to improve health and wellbeing and is going from strength to strength with the help of a Kirklees Community Partnerships grant.
Funding, of between £50 and £50,000, is available from the Partnership, which unites the NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and Kirklees Council.
Shepley-based Growing Works is funded by them and they support families by giving them the opportunity to socialise and try activities such as growing fruit and vegetables, outdoor cooking and eating, woodwork, bush crafts, sports, games and arts and crafts.
Among those to benefit are families with complex needs, carers alongside the people they care for and people with mental health issues.
Kim Walton, mum to Nathan, six, and Grace, eight, said: “Both of my kids love coming to the activities and as a parent I get a great deal out of it as well.
“My son Nathan has additional needs and finds it difficult to socialise but here he is accepted and encouraged and he really enjoys it.
“It also means my daughter gets some time to enjoy being creative and gardening and I get lots of support from other parents in a place where I don’t feel we are being judged.
“I would encourage other parents and children with additional needs to come along, everyone is welcome and there are lots of activities for all ages.”
Dr Steve Ollerton, a Skelmanthorpe GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The grant is helping the group to develop more activities for local people to get out in the fresh air and get to know people in their own communities which we know is really beneficial for people’s health and wellbeing.”
Clr Jean Calvert, Kirklees Council, Cabinet Member for community development added: “The partnership provides funding and development support to organisations which help local people who have health and social care needs. Particularly those
that focus on making sure that people can live life to the full by getting out and about in their community, and feeling supported close to home.
“The majority of the funding goes to organisations that support people in a preventative way, people who are still quite active, but who just need a little help to remain independent.”