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Levengrove Park helps HSCP clients to re-connect with nature

Levengrove Park is proving to be the perfect backdrop for community work with clients suffering from poor mental health, people in recovery from addiction and people with learning disabilities.

West Dunbartonshire’s Health and Social Care Partnership runs a Work Connect Specialist Employment Service and since opening in May 2019, it has supported 48 clients and six volunteers.

Levengrove Park has recently benefitted from National Lottery investment – bringing it back to its former glory with a new café and toilet block as well as improved landscaping and biodiversity.

There’s also a larger, purpose-built training suite where community classes include gardening, cooking, hospitality and marketing.

In the project’s evaluation, 94% of visitors agreed that the park enhanced their quality of life, and 91% agreed that the park is important for their health and wellbeing.

Ingram Wilson, Rehabilitation and Employability Manager said: “The feedback from clients has been great. More and more people are enjoying what Levengrove Park has to offer. One client said it ‘brought him out of the place he was in’ which is just amazing to hear.

“Our dedicated volunteers are feeling the benefit too. One commented: “It definitely helps your wellbeing. It keeps you fit and helps your mindset.”

There’s a whole range of activities in the park to choose from including guided walks, concerts, storytelling sessions and even pony rides. For more information, please contact Sandra Anton 01389 772090.