Lottery Grant Gives Eco-volunteers Peace of Mind


Mental health service users in Trafford are to benefit from a huge £17,000 grant to create a sensory garden and run art therapy workshops at Syrian House residential care home in Ashton-on-Mersey.

The project, ‘Natural Recovery’, involves local volunteers in aiding in the recovery of people with serious and enduring mental health needs, whilst demonstrating how everyone can contribute to a more sustainable planet.

Volunteers and residents at Syrian House established an organic vegetable garden earlier this year, which recently yielded its first harvest.

The new garden will include different flowers and herbs to stimulate the senses and eco-friendly art created in collaboration with residents.

The grant is part of the ‘EcoMinds’ programme, which supports people with mental health conditions to get involved with environmental projects.

Carolina Scarinci, a founding member of Natural Recovery and volunteer with sustainability charity Action for Sustainable Living, said,

“We have a close-knit team of volunteers, dedicated to promoting sustainability, social inclusion and helping the residents of Syrian House in their recovery. I have enjoyed every second of the project, learning something new every day, and meeting many new friends.”

The garden is well on the way to being a space that will be a haven for wildlife and promote sustainability. The Natural Recovery team are currently looking for volunteers from the local community. For more information call Action for Sustainable Living at 0161 237 3357 or email