April 2015

Dear Site Rep,
We've been made aware of two courses which some site reps may be interested in attending. There are two places reserved for site reps on a first come first served basis.
The courses deal with supporting plotholders who may have autism, learning difficulties or mental health issues. Please follow the links below to book if you wish to attend.

Using the therapeutic benefits of gardening to support people with autism & learning disabilities
Weds 13th May / 10:30 – 2:30pm / St John’s College, 17 Walpole Road, Brighton, BN2 0AF
This workshop will be led by Alexandra Harris and Vanessa Southgate at St John’s College.  St John’s is a special educational needs school and specialist college which welcomes learners who have a wide range of complex learning disabilities, autism and autism related conditions. St John’s College have set up a gardening project with their learners incorporating a social enterprise which grows and sells herbs.
The workshop will include:
·         a tour of the college (given by the learners) and an introduction to what they do
·         an introduction to autism and sensory processing difficulties
·         lunch in Scrummies Café (in-house Hospitality & Catering vocational learning   setting)
·         The therapeutic benefits of gardening and strategies used to support people with autism in a community garden setting (including Sensory Integration, Inclusive Communication and TEACCH).
There are two spaces for allotment site reps on this course on a first come first served basis. Book here:

Mental health awareness for outdoor projects
Thursday June 18th  / Moulsecoomb Forest Garden, behind Moulsecoomb Station / 3 – 5:30pm
Learn how to welcome and support people with mental health issues to your outdoor project.  This workshop will be led by Jo Wren from Grow
Grow is a project which brings a group of people together who experience stress, anxiety or any other mental health issues to take part in an 8 – week program of nature based activities at Saddlescombe Farm.
The workshop will focus around the benefits of nature to wellbeing and some of the things to consider when working with people with mental health issues.
There are two spaces for allotment site reps on this course on a first come first served basis. Book here:

Best Regards,
Mark Carroll.
for BHAF Committee


Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation