The Inverclyde (Community) Shed supports the health and wellbeing of people living in the Inverclyde area through a range of facilities and workshops. Their hub offers a space for people to share their skills and knowledge with others in the community, ranging from craftspeople, to ex-servicemen and women, to professionals, photographers and more. The aim is to give people a sense of pride and achievement by staying active, and to engage in activities that support the wider community. Food growing is a big focus for the team because while offering people a chance to connect, it also supports local sustainability.
While the Shed cafe has had to remain closed since March 2020, funding from the National Emergencies Trust, thanks to a donation from Co-op, helped the team to invest in its food-growing projects, specifically creating a brand new space for outdoor growing. This has meant that local people can continue to connect with one another safely while working on the community allotment – and best of all, deliver fresh, home-grown produce to local care homes every week.
“We offer local people the chance to have a cup of tea and connect with people”, the team told us. “It’s a different take on therapy – we offer a shoulder to shoulder experience in a safe space that enables people to open up and talk about things in their own way.”
The Co-op’s support has also enabled the team to develop sustainable and manageable growing spaces in ten Inverclyde schools which will provide an outdoor learning resource for children and provide free food to vulnerable families throughout the year.