Dunbar in Bloom
Dunbar in Bloom works with volunteers of all ages and abilities to brighten up the town with colourful planting and to give people life skills and confidence to grow their own food and flowers, even in the smallest containers. Gardening provides social interaction, confidence building, team building and can improve mental health by being happy working outdoors. Dunbar in Bloom helps schools and local groups with gardening projects as well as helping to brighten up the Town scape with its own projects.
In 2018, Dunbar in Bloom won the 'Young People Award' for The Ridge Backlands Garden':
The Ridge aims to help local people tackle barriers to living life to the full, helping them move from dependency to contribution. One aspect of this work is the Backlands Garden. Working with all ages, there is strong focus on provision for young people, addressing issues early on to avoid more serious future problems. Groups undertaking RHS ‘Grow To’ awards which gives valuable structure and a sense of achievement, as well as something tangible for CVs. Post-school, there are paid work opportunities within the garden for those struggling to find positive destinations. This allows a closely mentored rotation around skills: horticulture, traditional masonry and joinery, all working to improve the historic garden site, and accessing employability/life-skills support throughout. For those struggling with wider issues (e.g. mental health, addictions etc.) there are opportunities to volunteer and access the mental and physical health benefits of gardening, as well as learning practical skills and making social connections/feeling part of something positive and worthwhile.