The Community Glow Up!

because when we come together, brighter things happen

We believe that people everywhere deserve places to treasure – whether it’s a bench for quiet reflection, a place to grow fresh fruit and veg or an open space to move and play – connecting with nature has never been more important!

What Is It?

We’ve teamed up with a number of like-minded organisations to deliver the Community Glow Up, a programme with no end date or expiry. An initiative that’s here to stay, with an endless list of green space renovation projects for people from all walks of life to get involved with.

The initiative will assist those who are economically inactive, at home, and who want to “get back out there”. Learners will receive motivation, inspiration, and most importantly, gain a since of satisfaction and pride due to the responsibility of creating, building, and nurturing a garden.

Our hope is that if we can create a small win for the learner on a community project, this will inspire the confidence to progress into further training and enter the job market as a direct consequence of their community achievements.

Our Pledges of Support:

Sowing & Growing

The Sowing + Growing project is designed to bring communities together and will take place in community garden projects across the North East region.

It requires a participant to support 1 day a week for a total of 5 weeks.

Our first sowing + growing project in the Community Glow Up series is set to go live in Spring 2022 with the revitalisation of the James Cook Hospital Gardens in Middlesbrough, and the refurbished of St Michaels Church and community gardens in Byker, part of the Lighthouse project. Both projects our close to our hearts. James Cook is the first hospital in the North East to prioritise the treatment of mental health through the launch of their new Treat as One Group. Whilst St Michaels church will become the flagship for the Byker community – a place of belonging for families and communities to connect and enjoy local services provided in the beautiful green spaces that surround them.

Programme Objective:
Develop an understanding of what is needed to sow and grow plants, flowers, herbs & trees in order to revive unloved and neglected gardens.

Programme Schedule:
This 5-week programme will focus on well- being, mindfulness and practicing habits of positive thinking. Learners will keep a journal and a photographic portfolio of their activities throughout the programme

Week 1 Project Overview, Intro to Photography & Journaling

Week 2 Developing skills in garden horticulture

Week 3 Sowing and growing techniques

Week 4 Cultivating compost and soils

Food & Mood

The Food + Mood project is designed to help people understand the synergy between what you eat and how you feel. Highlighting the importance on health, fitness and how to keep your body in good working order.

It requires a participant to support 2 days a week for a total of 4 weeks.

The Key Themes of our Food & Mood project are that you have the CHOICE to grow any fruit or vegetable, the RESPONSIBILITY to nurture something, as well as looking after yourself, before GIVING BACK by donating grown fruit and veg to the soup kitchen.

Programme Objective:
Develop an understanding of what is needed to produce consumables and the effects nutritional contents of food can have – we are what we eat!

Take these to the table, create good healthy food dishes, discover healthy recipes and find enjoyment and fulfilment in sharing great ideas and great tastes with others.

Week 1 Garden horticulture

Week 2 Understanding how to grow Fruit & Vegetables

Week 3 Understanding cultivating Herbs

Week 4 Developing Cooking Skills

Possible Progression Routes:

On competing the programme participants may want to progress onto further education and gain a higher level qualification within mental health or horticulture. There will also be opportunities for participants to be part of our journey by becoming a RE:geon Community Project Coach. Here you will work with us to assist in the delivery of future projects.

Growing Greatness

Helping you gain Employability Skills

We can help you to get employment ready with a range of skills and techniques. From CV writing to interview prep, presentations, job search techniques and more.

Our ‘Growing Greatness’ project (4-21GH) supports people looking to develop personal and professional skills to bring them closer to the job market. Taster sessions will lead individuals to progress onto one of our skills or community programmes. Programmes are delivered on a modular basis, as 3-4 hour training sessions.

Big things start small

We want the Community Glow Up to connect individuals to their local communities. For people to start feeling the benefits of mental freedom and the effects a positive mindset can have on an individual’s future to enable them to further their education and skills.

The strategies and activities that they will learn throughout these programmes will be benefit them throughout their life and contribute to a brighter future for all.

Want to get involved?

Whether you’re an aspiring individual or an Employer keen to promote volunteerism to your teams, the Community Glow Up is here for you. Contact us to find out more about our latest initiatives.