Growing interest in helping the homeless

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Homelessness hostels are helping their clients grow – both their confidence and their own fruit and veg!

Community charity Groundwork has been given funding by the Lottery’s Reaching Communities programme to run the Sprouting Out project at 10 hostels over the next two years.

The five hostels involved this year include Leighton Linslade Homeless Service. Five more will take part in 2016.

Over seven months, a group of residents at each hostel will work inside and out. They’ll not only learn how to grow their own produce but also how to turn it into delicious fresh meals.

The group will also get to grips with budgeting and other life skills. They’ll have the chance to gain qualifications and also get help sprucing up their CVs.

Daniel Du Gard, Groundwork’s Community Team Manager, said: “This will be a great opportunity for the participants to begin making the first steps towards living independently and developing new skills. They’ll also give each centre a growing space which can be used to support more homeless people in the future.”