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Paignton project sowing seeds across the generations

6 March 2018
Paignton project sowing seeds across the generations

The Grow Gap project is set to bring together young and old through the creation of a community allotment later this year.

Grow Gap

The project – organised by So-Fly with support from Sanctuary Housing and funded by Ageing Well Torbay – aims to turn unused land at Great Parks Community Centre into a stunning green space to produce home-grown fruit and vegetables.

Volunteering opportunities

Project staff are working to recruit volunteers from all age groups across Torbay, from schoolchildren to those who are retired. It is hoped that the different generations will learn skills from each other and share a range of meaningful experiences.

“We’re looking for volunteers”

Project worker Karen Parker said: “We are all very excited about Grow Gap. There are so many different ways that the project will benefit communities across Torbay – learning new skills, socialising with different people and being able to eat the delicious fruit and veg that we grow.

“We’re looking for volunteers to get involved at all stages of the project, whether that’s helping us to construct the allotment now or maintaining and harvesting the produce once Grow Gap is fully underway over the coming months.”

“Grow Gap is set to be a valuable resource”

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, added: “Grow Gap is set to be a valuable resource for the residents of Torbay. We are all working together to create a community space where people of different ages can share time and skills and enjoy food and nature together to close the gap between the generations.”

Anyone who is interested in getting involved in Grow Gap can contact So-Fly by calling 01803 524903 or by emailing karen@so-fly.org. Alternatively, residents can pop into either Great Parks Community Centre or the Crafty Fox Café ‘N’ Hub.

Ageing Well Torbay is a six-year programme that helps reduce social isolation in older people and is funded by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery Funding.