Posted on: July 15, 2021
Bosence Drug & Alcohol Treatment, which provides residential treatment and care to people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, has been awarded £160,500 by the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund for a new project introducing ecotherapy to their existing treatment programme.
The charity, based in Townshend near Hayle, within 22 acres of gardens and woodland, has been running a successful horticulture project since 2019. The project was initially aimed at improving the outdoor environment and involving service-users in growing food to cook and eat. It soon became obvious that interacting and connecting to nature and the environment was having a very positive impact on people during their treatment. Over the next three years, this funding will enable the project to reach its full potential, offering service users, staff and volunteers at Bosence a whole new range of activities and opportunities linked to horticulture and the natural world.
The project will be led by Ecotherapy Manager, Noah Hall, along with a volunteer coordinator who will be responsible for a team of volunteers from the local community, The project will enable staff and service users to use the outdoors as a therapeutic and healing tool to enhance their recovery and learning while they undergo treatment with us. They will engage in activities such as planting, growing, harvesting, cooking and eating as well as rural skills sessions such as making plant dyes, art sessions, and herbarium making. It is hoped that the project will motivate and enable service users undergoing treatment to develop interests and purpose for the future, which may also lead to new employment opportunities.
The new project will launch on 1st of August.
Kate Prosser CEO commented “This is such fantastic news for Bosence. We provide treatment to some of the most vulnerable individuals in society, many of whom have experienced significant trauma in their lives and are struggling with mental health issues and homelessness as well as addiction. We are aware of the benefits and impact of ecotherapy upon those undergoing treatment and now, with this funding, we will be able to offer it as an integral part of the whole recovery programme at Bosence”.
Pictured from left to right: Kate Prosser – CEO, Noah Hall – Ecotherapy Manager, Carolyn Trevivian – Fundraiser. .