Spring at Herdings Youth Centre: Art & gardening therapy

Spring at Herdings Youth Centre: Art & gardening therapy

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Iain Jones, Youth Worker at Herdings youth club comments on a piece of work that has made life for a young person and their family a little bit brighter.

‘I’ve been encouraging our young people to try and grow things for the community garden at Herdings. We’ve had success with sunflowers, almost 60 germinated, we’ve lost some to the slugs and the hot days but we have loads. We have also been doing some painting and utilising some old pieces of wood and producing small art works on wood, it’s more permanent than paper.

During one of our quiet sessions, which is rare, one of our young ladies was explaining her family circumstances, the family is stuck in a flat with a small balcony and she said things are a bit stressful, Dad’s having mental health problems and is trying to grow some plants as a bit of therapy. So she painted a lovely sun set with clouds and birds with the intention of giving it to Dad. I gave her some sun flowers to give to him. The next week she bounced into the club saying dad was pleased with the sunflowers and he had put her painting in his special place on the balcony and was over the moon with it.’

‘It’s only a simple thing but over the last few months we’ve had problems with crime and vandalism and a near fatal stabbing and it touched me that all this young lady wanted was to just make dad happy.’

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