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A Place to Grow
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A Place To Grow is a free to use sustainable Community Garden with the purpose to support positive Health and Wellbeing. This will be done by encouraging people to learn new things by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

The site is aimed at anyone with a health related problem who wants to improve their Health and Wellbeing.

To access the project the following criteria must be met;

 Able to follow instructions

 Able to use gardening tools safely

 Respectful towards other site users

 Able to communicate with other site users

 Able to work without 1-2-1 supervision

What will the site provide?

Induction Programme-  For new referrals (available 3 days per week).
Community Garden sessions – Existing users & those progressing from the induction programme (available 3 days per week).
Volunteering – For people who want to help out on site with tasks and support those using the site.
Dedicated sessions – For residents with more complex needs.

 

Local Authority
0116 272 7703
A Place to Grow, Mill Lane, Enderby,

Next to Enderby Leisure Centre
LE19 4LX
Tuesday – 10am – 1pm, Thursday – 10am – 1pm, Friday – 9.30am – 12.30pm.
Self-referral but call first for more information and registration
Free
Leicester Counselling Centre
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Confidential counselling service offering long-term counselling for up to 2 years to adults in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. The centre works with individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety or stress, relationship issues, past or present abuse, family problems, bereavement, money problems, work related problems and many other things. Clients are asked to make a financial donation towards counselling sessions on a self assessed basis. This is negotiable upon circumstances.

VCS
0116 255 8801
No 1 Lodge, Victoria Park, London Road, Leicester
LE1 7RY
Monday-Thursday 9am-8pm. Friday 9am-4pm
Self referral and via social care
Self assessessed donation
Leicestershire Recovery College

We have developed a Recovery College. The college provides a range of recovery focused courses, seminars and workshops for people accessing adult mental health services and for their relatives, friends and loved ones – and for our own Trust staff.

The courses are free and aimed at supporting people to recognise and develop their personal resourcefulness, resilience and talents in order to become experts in their own self care, make informed choices and help them achieve their aspirations and goals in life.

The Leicestershire Recovery College has been co-produced and co-developed with people who use mental health services and with a range of external organisations and services.  We offer a range of courses and our Spring 2016 Prospectus is available to download now!

A great new partnership formed with Phoenix Therapies who will be delivering a couple of new courses for us at a satellite venue – The Mett Centre. Also – courses now more accessible for people living in the Narborough/Enderby areas as satellite venues at Blaby District Council Offices and A Place To Grow in Enderby.

There are no entry requirements to enrol. We have an online enrolment form or you can can complete a paper form, to post to the college, alternatively you can enrol by phone on 0116 295 1196.  The college is based on the Glenfield Hospital site (see map) for more information. The college is normally open 9.30am-3.00pm (although some courses may run past this time).
 

NHS Service
0116 295 1196
Glenfield Hospital,
Groby Road Leicester
LE3 9EJ
9.30am-3.00pm
Online enrollment or paper form
Free
Saffron Acres Project
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About Us
Saffron Acres took over twelve acres of the allotments in 2006, with the intention of providing funded work placements and volunteering opportunities for local people to learn how to live more sustainably; growing and cooking their own produce, generating green energy, and living a healthier lifestyle. Since then the site has produced everything from striped beetroot and blue pumpkins to exotic crops from around the world, allowing it to successfully supply a range of local restaurants with specialised vegetables and herbs, as well as supporting local community projects.

Volunteering
We have an excellent record of supporting long term volunteers back into work, 60% of whom have since found paid employment. Volunteering is very flexible. We currently have opportunities every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and most Saturdays.

Help us grow local, heritage and exotic fruits and vegetables! Activities include environmental work, growing fruit and vegetables, gardening DIY and much more.

 

Not-for-Profit
0116 2837212
Just off Saffron Lane, near Aylestone Leisure Centre, Leicester
Varies
Self-referral
Free
Shama Women’s Centre
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Provides a variety of counselling, educational and recreational activities for women and girls of all backgrounds, religions and communities. Services include bereavement counselling, befriending services, confidence building, volunteering opportunities, help into work. A range of holistic therapies: Indian head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology. Courses in textiles, child care, computer, dressmaking and textile training. Well being activities: keep fit, yoga, gym and sauna. On site nursery.

VCS
0116 251 4747
39-45 Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester
LE2 0TD
Monday, Tuesday 9.15am-4pm. Wednesday, Thursday 9.15am-7pm. Friday 9.15am-1.15pm
Self referral, through a range of health agencies including GP’s
Free
Strides!

Strides! is a user-lead organisation, based in Leicester. It consists of people who have suffered, are suffering or are recovery from mental health problems. Strides! has the following aims:

to encourage members to build social confidence, develop capacity, work as a group and take independent decision;
to promote social inclusion and participation in the wider community; and
to confront stigma and challenge negative perceptions of mental health.

We run a programme of education, social and recreational activities which is planned and carrier out by the members.

Strides leaflet: click me

Strides 2016 summer programme: click me

VCS
0116 236 2444; 07804 273230
14 Appleton Avenue, Leicester
LE4 2GA
Varies
Self-referral
Free mostly