Grow for Giving

Grow for Giving was established in 2013 and they run out of the Community Patchwork Plot. We are a not for profit organisation with a committee and constitution. In it’s first season we set out with a wheel barrow of suplis potatoes and donated them to local families in financial difficulties, soon other plot tenants donated produce they had left over, helping more families. We offer a number of services such as unique day care for people with dementia and learning disabilities, a community seasonal market stall, a unique foodbank, which provides fresh food as well as tinned and dried, volunteer opportunities, children’s groups and domestic and community gardening.

Updated:
19 June 2015
Location:
North West
Sectors:
Voluntary Sector
Local Alliances:
Wigan Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Grow for Giving offers unique day care for people living with dementia. With experienced staff to support we believe that everyone can achieve and take part. We provide activities and engagement that enable people to live well with dementia and provides support for the carers and families of those living with dementia. We also have staff members trained as Dementia Champions and we offer Dementia Friends sessions to volunteers and the local community to help to raise awareness.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges we face include sustainable funding as we continually have to access funding streams to maintain the work that we do. Having the time to look for funding streams and also promoting Grow for Giving in the wider community, within organisations and businesses can also be an challenge. As can a lack of awareness of dementia and that Grow for Giving provide day care opportunities for people living with dementia.

Member contacts

www.growforgiving.org

Member website

www.growforgiving.org

2. Actions

  • Increase Awareness

    By holding a Grand Opening of Grow for Giving Dementia activities we hope to raise awareness of dementia and the support we can offer. We will be delivering Dementia Friends sessions within the local community and will have leaflets relating to dementia on hand at all times at the Grow for Giving base. We will also look at integration and how we can be more visible within the local community.  

    Status:
    Delivery

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • Become a member of the Local Dementia Action Alliance

    By becoming a member of the Local Dementia Action Alliance we will be able to network with other services and community groups to help create a Dementia Friendly Community. The networking will also allow us to promote Grow for Giving and may open up opportunities to other funding streams and training to up skill volunteers .

    Status:
    Implementation

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New Member

  • ‘Shine A Light’ Pumpkin Fest

    A pumpkin fest is being organised by local children through Grow for Giving. The children came up with the idea themselves and it will be held through in October. Working together as a local community plot tenants and community residents will grow pumpkins that will be carved out and a candle inserted. At the event each pumpkin will be lit by someone who is living with dementia or in memory of someone who had dementia. This will be a fantastic intergenerational project with a wonderful community event at the end. 

    Status:
    Planning

    2015 - First Quarter Update

    New member