Spitalfields City Farm: Community Wellbeing Club

In 2022 I am coordinating the Community Wellbeing Club project at Spitalfields City Farm, funded by the Mayors COVID Loneliness Recovery Fund. We are working with local community members who experience higher levels of isolation as a result of the pandemic or ill-health from long-COVID, engaging referred individuals in ecotherapy and horticulture tasks once-weekly as farm volunteers, also offering optional monthly art therapy classes and mindful movement classes facilitated by local practitioners. We hold monthly cook-ups as part of this project too, creating and eating dishes made from food we grow on the farm and donated by the food charities we partner with. Partner referrers include Tower Hamlets Libraries, Tower Hamlets Recovery College, Reset Recovery, Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Linkage Plus, NHS CHMT’s, GP surgeries (social prescribing), hospital community disability services, refugee services, and carer services.