Glasgow occupational therapists are encouraging mental health patients to get “dug in” at a new allotment in Yoker.
Patient are being offered the opportunity to lend a helping hand at the allotment while developing new skills and learning about healthy eating. It also offers patients a range of benefits including physical activity and increased socialisation.
Carole Shaw, Specialist Occupational Therapist with Riverside and Arndale Community Mental Health Team, said: “We originally had an allotment in Maryhill but it was very difficult for patients to get there. We have now managed to secure an allotment at Yoker and it will be much easier for patient to reap the benefits as it is closer to home.
“The patients gain a great deal by helping out at the allotment. They benefit from the physical exercise and socialising with the staff and other patients.
“On top of this patients are also developing new skills and learning about healthy eating because everything we grow they take home with them together with advice about how to cook the vegetables to add to tasty meals.”
The project has received support from Dobbies Garden Centre at Braehead who have funding equipment and are giving expert gardening tips.
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