26 May 2020
Since the coronavirus outbreak, Mudlarks has managed to keep their allotment site open. This is mainly due to the magnificent staff ethos of prioritising and understanding the profound needs of the learning disabled gardeners.
Up until the government ruling that restaurants and cafes had to close, Mudlarks café staff and disabled workers were offering take away food and delivering meals to the homes of vulnerable people living in Hertford. Many café staff then transferred across to the Cromwell Road allotment site to boost the staff numbers there - this includes staff members with learning disabilities and mental health concerns.
The more vulnerable café staff members have also benefited greatly from continuing to have purposeful days at the allotment site.
Mudlarks supports vulnerable members in these troubling times, making their days as routine as possible. They have been contacted by many concerned parents who have brought their disabled children home from residential care homes or who have seen their child’s day care provision closed.
They're offering these disabled people new placements for day care at the allotment site. They continue to receive daily enquiries from parents and carers anxious to find day care for disabled family members.
Mudlarks is providing essential respite for families, allowing people to do essential shopping, spend more time with their non-disabled children or simply just rest.
The positive outcomes of Mudlarks Community Allotments continue to be:-
• Active Days: - The gardeners' days are varied, and they can learn a variety of skills in fruit and vegetable growing, general carpentry, woodwork projects and craft activities.
• Physical Health and Wellbeing:- Fitness is greatly improved from working out in the fresh outdoors experiencing the restorative nature of the green environment as well as physical personal improvement.
• Building friendships: - Positive and enriching friendships are built on our allotment site. Lifelong friendships are made at Mudlarks.
• Respite: - During the coronavirus outbreak, parents and carers are given the opportunity to have more than ever much needed respite.
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