LFC Foundation Attends Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre for a Social Action gardening project

On 22nd of January, the LFC Foundation Youth Panel, in partnership with our #iWill Social Action and Mental Health teams, attended Thornton Family Wellbeing Centre for a Social Action gardening project.

The centre provides a range of much needed support services such as: Targeted Support groups, A Parenting and Anxious Child Programme and an LGBTQ+ group.

After taking this project idea to the LFC Foundation Youth Panel, they decided to help this centre to have a safe space to better support their attendees. The youth panel worked hard to create an action plan of improvements, that they believe would be required. 

The Youth Panel worked alongside the Foundation and centre staff as well as young volunteers from Hugh Baird College to completely transform the garden into a safe and welcoming space that will give hundreds of participants the chance to relax and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Manager Andy Hanlon said: “The garden space in the centre had been left to decay and had become overgrown and was mostly unusable for the families that use the space. Having a calm outdoor space has a range of benefits to people’s mental health, especially for those who are being supported to overcome challenges.”

Social Action Coordinator Ste Hale said: “The LFC Foundation Youth Panel continues to do great work in our community. Their passion for youth social action shines through and they are committed to using their voices to enact change. They make a difference to so many people’s lives, and the #iWill Social Action team is privileged to work alongside them to put their ideas into action.”

Centre Manager Jennie Murphy said: “Lockdown showed everyone how important outdoor spaces are for people’s wellbeing. Our garden was neglected throughout lockdown and with the amazing help of the LFC Foundation Youth Panel and staff, we have brought the garden back to a beautiful space that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Everyone worked so hard and with such enthusiasm, it was a pleasure to see the garden’s transformation. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.”

Youth Panel participant Millie said: "I think it's important to help community centres like this one as they are the first point of contact available for families who may be struggling in that area. They offer so much help, support, and guidance all day everyday with no questions asked. I enjoyed every minute of it, walking in seeing how much work needed doing and then walking out knowing what happiness this will bring to the staff and the families attending. Everyone's help for those 5 hours will create so many happy memories for the children and families attending the centre for months to come."