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Dovercourt Surgery Community allotment

We asked GPs in our buildings which social prescribing and community schemes make the biggest impact for the health of their patients, for a share of our Healthy Communities grant funding. Dovercourt Surgery in Sheffield put forward the community allotment at their practice.

Situated in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, the community has high incidences of mental health problems, early onset of long term conditions and social isolation. It's schemes like the allotment that can really make a difference.

Low mood and isolation can affect our ability to manage our health and wellbeing. Not eating enough fresh fruit and vegetables can weaken our immune system, and make it harder to keep long term conditions under control. But gardening and growing food in a group has been shown to help.

Dovercourt’s allotment allows patients to spend time outdoors with others in a gentle and nonthreatening environment - gaining pleasure from seeing plants grow and eating the resulting crops. Volunteers have blossomed and changed their outlook, in a place where they feel accepted and safe.
"You really look forward to coming each week and seeing other people in the group."
"We want to be able to extend this project, begin to grow fruit as well as vegetables and to enable a more holistic approach to the care we give."- Manager at Dovercourt Surgery.