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the leek work club allotment project

Tue 4 Aug 2015

The Leek Work Club has set up an allotment project to give anyone who attends the club the chance to grow their own food. Rob Arnold, Employment Officer at Support Staffordshire said “The project provides a valued green space in Leek for unemployed people who attend Leek Work Club. They can come together to grow healthy, wholesome food. In doing so, it raises awareness of healthy eating while providing the opportunity for improving physical and mental well-being through gentle exercise in the open air.”

A number of unemployed people who attend the Leek Work Club have on occasions been helped by the local Food Bank when they have lost their benefits. This inspired the discussion to set up the project on an existing allotment site in the West End of Leek. It aims to attract unemployed people from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a wide range of needs – coming along to find out how and when potatoes and carrots grow. The project now has some members attending on a regular basis and they have planted potatoes, strawberries, beans and courgettes.

The project’s aim is to provide gardening skills using a variety of gardening equipment and to encourage healthy living. Leek Work Club has been provided in the town since 2011 by Support Staffordshire in partnership with Your Housing. It supports local unemployed people back into work and is open to everyone living in and around the Leek area. It is open every Wednesday 10am -12 noon at Support Staffordshire, 9 High Street, Leek, ST13 5DZ. Drop in or for further information contact Rob Arnold Support Staffordshire 01538 398240 or 07792 241008.