Grow Community Gardens

Dear Grow-ers,

We’re back!

After some much needed hibernation time we’re back and ready for what ever adventures 2019 brings.  You’ll soon be getting your hands dirty again but in the meantime, we’ve pulled together some great training and trips to keep us connected.

Starting mid January  with two short courses, one on Tuesday evening (cultural awareness) and another on Wednesday morning (First Aid), then learning something about supporting ourselves and others’ mental health over February and March with Connections, Mental Health First Aid and Therapeutic Horticulture training.

Scroll down for full details and if you are interested just reply to this email me, letting me know which, if any, you would like to register for.

Numbers are limited for all of them so get your responses in quickly!

We’re also organising a couple of trips to interesting projects in Garvagh, Drumnaph, Cushendall and Cloughmills- more details to follow so watch this space.

If you have any queries please give me a call on 07749077322,

Take care,


Grow Training Programme                                                         Winter / Spring 2019

Training Details Time & Venue


2 hours

TIDES deliver this interactive & easy-going introduction to cultural awareness, with an option to continue on to further learning afterwards for those interested.


Tuesday 15th January, 5pm – 7pm.

Venue: Grow offices.



2 hours

The British Red Cross will deliver basic first aid covering cuts, falls, burns, helping someone who is unresponsive or bleeding. Wednesday 16th January, 11am – 1pm.

Venue: Camberwell Court.






5 hours

In depth emotional health, suicide awareness & skills training including how to keep someone safer from suicide and how to take action if someone is suicidal.


*We will partner up with Friends of Antrim Castle Gardens for this training – their volunteers will also be attending.


Wednesday 6th February, 9am – 2pm.

Venue: Antrim Castle Gardens.




2 full days

2 FULL DAYS TRAINING: an introduction to Social and Therapeutic Horticulture (STH) Practice.  Practical skills on supporting others to use gardening for personal development, mental wellbeing and recovery.


*Spaces are limited.


2 full days during week of 6th March.  Exact days to be confirmed.

Venue: Grow



2 full days

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or who is in a mental health crisis.  The first aid is given until appropriate professional treatment is received or until the crisis resolves.


*There may be alternative dates available for this training – if these dates don’t suit but you are interested in attending please let me know).


Wed 13th & Thurs 14th March,

Venue: Aware Belfast,  Duncairn Gardens,



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