The Benefits of Allotment Gardening
There is a growing awareness of the role that gardening plays in both preventing mental ill-health and promoting positive mental health. In 2018 the UK Government produced a 25 Year Environment Plan, which acknowledges that connecting people to their environment will also improve their health and well-being.
Allotments are a great way to encourage children and young people to lead a healthier lifestyle, grow their own healthy foods and also benefit from extra physical activity. They can feel a sense of achievement at seeing their efforts come to life and getting away from phones and computers into the fresh air will help to reduce stress and improve their mood.
Gardening is educational and can help them to learn about the environment and wildlife, which can have a positive effect on memory and focus, and this non structured, fun time spent with adults is also a perfect opportunity to perhaps talk about things that are troubling them and any worries they may have.
The Arts develop creativity, confidence and problem solving skills. They also give the learner opportunities to express themselves regardless of academic ability. Having access to the arts breakdown barriers for young people with learning and/or communication difficulties, giving them an alternative form of expression.
At Impact we give the students the opportunity to experiment with different mediums and projects. Some projects undertaken this year include t-shirt design and painting, makeup tutorials, pop art and mindfulness activities.
All students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and are encouraged to learn how to read music. This helps to improve confidence and uses parts of the brain not normally used in academic work.
Reading and writing scripts alongside physical acting helps students to understand texts used in English. It also provides a creative outlet and encourages group participation.
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