A SCHEME which helps children become more engaged with horticulture looks set to blossom after it received a huge cash injection.
Staff who run the Worcestershire County Council-backed Green Fingers project are celebrating after securing £329,876 from the Big Lottery.
The funding for the current project, which aims to help children and carers engage in artistic, horticultural and healthy lifestyle activities, expired at the end of June 2015
But after winning the Lottery bid, the money will help the countywide scheme continue to deliver Healthy Care in Action Project in Worcestershire for the next five years.
Joanne Frost, ISL community and leisure development worker at the council, said it would also enable them to continue and expand their project for children even further.
“This has been a fantastic project that has run for the last five years,” she said. “It has made a real difference to the lives of Looked After Children and carers in Worcestershire.
“Securing the additional funding means that the project can continue and expand to include exciting new developments like apprenticeships for Looked After Children and care leavers and opening up the project to kinship young people and carers.”
The focus of the project will be to improve the health and well-being of both children and carers through ‘green’ activities so people can gain a better understanding of healthy lifestyles.
It also aims to increase social skills and confidence of the young people through access to activities, education and training.
For more information about the Green Fingers project, visit www.greenfingersproject.com or contact Joanne Frost on 01905 752818.