Spring to Life is running a programme over the winter and into early spring to continue supporting people to stay active (mind and body), healthy, and connected with others. Following a co-design session with our regular attendees from the different programmes we ran last year in Kings Norton, we have put together a winter programme combining these different activities and therapies, with a few new ones for you to try out.
Spring to Life has received funding from Trusthouse Charitable Foundation to continue with our CAN programme. We will target people living in Kings Norton and Druids Heath, supporting them to access opportunities, services and projects that can enhance their mental and emotional well-being.
Beggining on the 25th of May, Spring to Life will begin its ‘Kings Norton Springs to Life!’ programme. Aimed to support people experiencing anxiety and stress. We aim to target people over 50 years old to take part, yet welcome anyone over 18.
On Wednesdays we will run our Well-being Chats, where people get to learn methods and techniques for relaxing and being mindful, share experiences, and explore with the group ideas for improving mental health.
On Thursdays, there will be nature walks, venturing through different green spaces in and around Kings Norton South. Starting on the 26th of May, these will be gentle walks, with an opportunity to enjoy natural spaces and connect with other people.
Both groups are from 1 to 3pm
Get in touch to register or to find out more. Phone or text 07856277028, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The programme is funded by Northfield NNS and Northfield Community Partnership.
Spring to Life have started the new growing season with a new allotment project in Kings Norton South. It was great sadness to have ended work on a previous site in Bearwood after many years. Yet we are very excited to begin this phase of our work, connecting with people in Kings Norton South and surrounding areas.
Every Tuesday. 1pm to 3.30pm.
First Saturday of the month, 2pm to 4.30pm.
@ Bells Sports Field Allotments,
Masshouse Lane, B38 9AH
For more information or to sign-up contact us:
or email email@example.com
During 2021 and 2022 Spring to Life has been at work in hotels where people looking to be homed are staying. Roland has offered Touch for Health treatments as well as gentle exercise to reduce stress and anxiety. Philippa has given sessions teaching breathing skills and relaxation techniques to help the parents reduce stress and anxiety. Natalie has been very energetic working with the children and young people in Movement for well-being classes. At other Living Well events Calvert has provided Drumming for Well-being sessions. It’s been great to offer these well-being activities as we’ve gradually been emerging from lockdown and such a deserving client group. We hope to do more such events in the coming months.
Many people during the past 18 months have found gardening to be a good form of exercise and helpful for their mental health. Even if space is limited, having a little area, whether it is a windowsill, or a patio, the feeling of seeing life spring from a seed or a bulb can be joyous. What most people have longed for during this time has been social connection with others who share similar interests and joys. The gardening group in Kings Norton South ticks all these boxes.
Originally coming out of the Mother Garden’s Home Grow project – supporting households during lockdown to grow food at home, this group emerged as a way to bring these new gardeners together, sharing in a community space. It is now a motivated and friendly group, working to be self-led.
What happens at the gardening group?
The group meets up every Thursday between 12.30pm and 2.30pm at Hawkesley Community Centre. At the moment there are 8 active members, and a few others that come along from time to time, but they are always open to more members joining. They start the sessions with a tea or coffee from the community centre café and there are always biscuits on offer. They chat about their week and decide on what they are going to do with the garden for the day.
What gardening activities do the members take part in?
All the gardening equipment has been provided by Spring to Life’s Mother Gardens project. There are some raised beds where they plant seasonal vegetables. There is always something to do, whether it is planting seeds, weeding, replanting, watering. The members are good at getting on with what needs to be done. They help each other out, each person doing what they can do to their ability.
How does being a member of the gardening group promote well-being?
Ultimately, it promotes a sense of community. The group members spend a couple of hours outdoors, amongst people who have become friends over time. They chat about the garden and the plants, sharing knowledge they have accumulated from the activities and from their own experience. Members feel supported and have a connection to a shared interest.
What are the benefits of being a member of the gardening group?
The social interaction was key for all members and are keen for new members to join so they can experience the benefits too. They think it is beneficial for both mental and physical health. Being out in nature, in all weathers they can experience a sense of change and appreciate the cycles of life.
What does the future hold for the gardening group?
The aim is for the gardening group to become self-sufficient. The group also does work at Millennium fields working with group who look after that beautiful and wild space. Here they carry out conservation tasks and help maintain the orchards. They are looking for volunteers to maintain it and use it for gardening projects.
How can people get in touch if they would like to become a member of the gardening group?
Testimonials. What people got most out of the gardening group:
‘Meeting people and spending time in the fresh air and learning new things.’ ‘Doing something interesting and sharing gardening ideas.’ ‘exercise and spending time in nature.’
The huge success of Fruit & Nut Village, has now led to it moving from a partnership project between Spring to Life (Food Forest Brum) and Lets Grow Together, to an organisation in itself – a CIO. We are pleased to see it expand and grow. Spring to Life will continue to work closely with Fruit & Nut Village, on many levels, including Mother Gardens partnerships and through well-being work initiatives.
There are now visions and plans to develop Fruit & Nut Villages in other areas of the city. The first of these is Druids Heath. This comes from interest from Druids Heath residents after them having visited Fruit & Nut Village Stirchley sites and become inspired.
Mother Gardens supported the early stages of this new project, by helping engage other Druids Heath residents, developing a list of local people including keen gardeners wanting to be part of a community gardening group. Working with local people and groups in Druids Heath, including Druids Heath and Monyhull Forum and Kings Norton Parish Church, we engaged local people through door to door conversations and pop up stalls giving out plants and information.
Now funded by Selly Oak NNS, Fruit & Nut Village alongside a new Druids Heath-based green and well-being network called Planting Seeds of Hope, has been giving out a large number of Mother Garden growing kits – ideal for windowsills to grow salads, to get people into growing and to cultivate long term connections with people. This has also involved holding conversations with people about the possibilities of developing productive and wildlife-rich green spaces in their neighbourhoods.
This grant is now funding a first big event in the area, a Clean up and Green up day on the 31st of July. See poster below.