Inside Out helps community garden grow
The Inside Out project spent last week helping Incredible Edible Helston build a community garden. The community project is just one of the support activities that Inside Out provides in helping people move into work or training as we move out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jen, one of the Inside Out participants who helped in the build said: "This Inside Out activity is absolutely *incredible* in every sense - I am so looking forward to seeing the fruit & veg growing"
Carolyn Webster, Chief Executive of CLEAR, said: “This has been exactly what we hoped that Inside Out would do – provide a great bridge between Inside and Outside with participants helping their community and building their confidence to take the next step into work or training. Well done to everyone involved.”
Craig Little from Rebuild Southwest said: “We're helping the Incredible Edible guys to bring this bit of waste land bring back into use with the intention of planting crops that people can help themselves to. We are also helping people to build skills and a routine that's going to help get them back into work. We've got six people who have volunteered to come and help, and they've massively moved on just in the last five days."
Inside Out is focussed on West Cornwall and supports people who are not working and who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 restrictions. Inside Out is reaching out to people whose mental health and emotional wellbeing has taken a knock during the pandemic and help them to get back on track and into training and work.
Inside Out is funded by the European Social Fund (through Community Led Local Development managed by Cornwall Development Company), Cornwall Council and the project partners themselves.
Inside Out complements other innovative projects in West Cornwall such as Who Dares Works which is designed to support people who have been not working for a longer period of time and need a greater level of support to enter the world of work or move into training. Incredible Edible started phase 1 of their community project with support from Who Dares Works and we are delighted to be able to complete phase 3 through Inside Out – great things happen when good projects come together!
Led by local charity CLEAR, alongside Rebuild Southwest, Inside Out provides provide a mix of online (Inside) and community based (Out) support and activities to help people feel safe about reconnecting with their community, rebuild confidence, motivation and emotional resilience, and provide routes into work and training. It is unique in that it combines trauma-informed therapeutic approaches with practical, enjoyable, community-based activities. The CHAOS Group also supports the project through vocational training and volunteer placements.